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Raleigh Voters Pass Bonds

Voters in Raleigh approved transportation and affordable housing bonds by about two-thirds of the vote.

The forty million dollar transportation package will help repave more than sixty miles of roads. The Moore Square Transit Center will be remodeled and many bus stops will be improved. The money will help build a new Amtrak station in the city. And it will fund about seven miles of new sidewalks. The 16 million dollar housing bond will give low interest loans to first-time home buyers and help build and renovate low-income housing units. About one million dollars will provide loans for residents whose homes were damaged in tornadoes in April. City leaders say they're not worried about incurring more debt because Raleigh has a triple A bond rating.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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