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Charlotte Mayor Nominated For Transportation Post

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President Obama has nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to be the nation's next secretary of transportation. He would replace outgoing secretary Ray LaHood if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Foxx -- who turns 42 years old today -- is considered a "rising star" among Democrats. 

He led his city's effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention that re-nominated President Obama for office.  Foxx said he would work to overcome partisan politics as secretary.

"There is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican road, bridge, port, air field or rail system," Foxx says.  "We must work together across party lines to enhance this nation's infrastructure."

Foxx says Charlotte has been one of the nation's fastest growing cities because of its commitment to improving roads and light rail.  He becomes the first African American among President Obama's new cabinet appointees.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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