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McCrory's First State Of The State Address Is Tonight

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Governor Pat McCrory will lay out his vision for North Carolina in his State of the State speech this evening. It will be the governor's first opportunity to tell North Carolinians how he plans to govern the state.

In his inaugural address, Governor McCrory said he'd like to overhaul state government and North Carolina's educational system, but he hasn't filled in the details. He's expected to tick through a number of topics, from education to off-shore energy exploration. And he's sure to have a big audience.

The governor made national waves when he made light of UNC-Chapel Hill's educational offerings on a national radio show only a few weeks after taking office. He's since said he is a supporter of a liberal arts education. But he's also emphasized the need to better prepare high school and college graduates for good careers. Governor McCrory will deliver his speech before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The speech is scheduled for 7 p.m, and will be broadcast on WUNC.

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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