Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic covers health care, voting rights, NASCAR, peach-shaped water towers and everything in between. He drives WFAE's health care coverage through a partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. He became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews with Nas and Branford Marsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. At UNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern with WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.

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North Carolina is among about 17 states that have recently legalized a marijuana extract for the treatment of children with epilepsy. Amazing turnaround stories from parents and their kids have driven the change, but some in the medical community have cautioned there's yet to be a national study. Now, there is, and doctors found the treatment has great potential.

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A coalition of voting groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing North Carolina of violating a voter registration law. The groups and the state had been in discussions about avoiding the lawsuit, but the two now disagree on how much progress is being made.

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The use of homeless shelters is rising much faster in Mecklenburg County than it is nationally. UNC Charlotte released a report today showing that stark contrast, but county officials say the increase may not be a bad thing.

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North Carolina showed the most improvement of any state in a major public health report released Thursday. But its ranking is still below average, like most of the South.

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Attorneys in Charlotte filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a state law that allows magistrates to avoid marrying same-sex couples. The law passed six months ago despite Governor Pat McCrory's veto.

When a newspaper is in the news, it's usually not a good thing. In North Carolina and nationwide, many papers have been struggling through revenue losses and staff cutbacks. Amid that reality, an Asheboro native is launching a new paper that will deliver in all 100 counties – and try to cover them too.

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Envision these scenarios for the 2016 election: Americans for Prosperity coordinates campaign strategies with Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign. Or, Moveon.org does the same thing for the campaign of his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper.

While such coordination is prohibited on the federal level, a recent ruling by the North Carolina

Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx argues that his former employer, the now bankrupt bus company DesignLine, does not have an accurate record of his past work. Based on that record, the trustee in DesignLine's bankruptcy is suing him for $421,000, alleging Foxx did not earn those wages.

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Environmental advocates are warning that a state regulatory change could increase air pollution while shielding the polluters from public scrutiny. They're reacting to a proposal from the North Carolina Environmental Department that would broaden exemptions for small manufacturers.

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A federal lawsuit involving a transgender high school student in Virginia is leading to heated political rhetoric in North Carolina.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory is criticizing state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for not getting involved in the case. And North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger put out a statement Tuesday that makes it seem like Cooper is in favor of "forcing middle school-aged boys and girls to use the same locker room."

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