Tom Bullock

Reporter

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Local News
11:20 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

How A Controversial Provision Of The Patriot Act Was (Likely) Used In Charlotte

Undated photo of Samir Khan posted to Inspire magazine after Khan's death.
Credit Inspire Magazine

Arguably the most controversial provision in a controversial law is set to expire this Monday, unless the United States Senate acts. The law is the USA Patriot Act, the provision is known as Section 215.

It grants government agencies expanded powers of surveillance of American citizens, think the bulk phone data collection done by the NSA. But the NSA isn’t the only federal agency to take advantage of the provision. The FBI has used it as well, including, most likely, here in Charlotte. 

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri May 22, 2015

NC House Passes $22 Billion Budget

Early Friday morning the House of Representatives passed their $22 billion state budget.
Credit NC General Assembly

Early Friday morning, North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed its $22 billion state budget. The final vote came just after 1 am. It capped off more than 9 hours of debate about the bill itself and nearly 50 amendments to the measure.

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Politics
9:54 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Contrary To Party Doctrine, State Republicans Fiddle With Local Control

Wake County, Stanley County, the city of Greensboro and Rockingham County are just a few local governments affected by local legislation this year.
Credit North Carolina Government

Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate voted to shrink the Rockingham County School Board and redraw their districts.  

This is just the latest move by the Republican controlled General Assembly which seems to contradict a core belief of their party: Local Control is best.  

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue May 19, 2015

NC House Draft Budget Released; Debate Begins

The debate begins over the House's proposed budget.

The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its proposed $22 billion budget for the state and the debate has begun.

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Politics
12:20 am
Tue May 19, 2015

'Ag-Gag' Bill Passes NC Senate, Heads To The Governor

The North Carolina Senate passed the so called 'Ag-Gag' bill 32 to 13. The measure is now headed for the Governor's desk.
Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Monday night which allows business owners to sue employees who secretly record audio or video in the workplace. The vote was 32 to 13.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

NC Budget Process Kicks Into Gear In Raleigh

Today is the start of budget week in Raleigh.
Credit NC General Assembly

Later today, the House Finance Committee will begin debating their proposed 2016 state budget. And we now know some of the proposals the committee will consider.

Monday morning, the General Assembly posted an update to House Bill 97. At 42 pages, it is by no means complete. But it does have a number of provisions that illustrate where the House is going with this budget.

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WFAE Talks
3:49 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

WFAE Talks, Episode 52: Police Shooting Settlement And Looming Budget Decisions

Credit WFAE

WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

Local News
12:18 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

City, Ferrell Family Reach $2.25 Million Settlement In Police Shooting

Mayor Dan Clodfelter speaks at Thursday's news conference.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

A settlement was reached Thursday between the city of Charlotte and the family of Jonathan Ferrell. In September of 2013, Ferrell, a 24-year-old unarmed black man, was shot 10 times by Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell died of his injuries.

Kerrick, is scheduled to go to trial this summer on a voluntary manslaughter charge. His attorneys maintain the shooting was justified.

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Politics
5:54 am
Wed May 13, 2015

NC House Fast Tracks Gun Bill, Gun Control Group Takes To The Airwaves

Opening shot of a TV ad by gun control group Evertown for Gun Safety.
Credit Via YouTube

A bill in the North Carolina House sponsored by Republican Jacqueline Schaffer of Mecklenburg County has drawn the attention of one of the most well funded gun control groups in the country. And now the group is running TV ads statewide in an effort to stop the measure.

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Local News
2:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

A Crew By Any Other Name? NCDOT Signs First Sponsorship Deal

A hat with State Farm's logo is now part of the IMAP driver's uniform.
Credit Courtesy of NCDOT

Stranded motorists in North Carolina may think a particular insurance company is coming to their rescue. This after the North Carolina Department of Transportation signed its first sponsorship deal, for roadside assistance crews.

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