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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Begins Senate Confirmation Hearing

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was nominated for Secretary of Transportation last month.
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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appeared today before a Senate committee as his confirmation hearing began this afternoon on Capitol Hill.  President Obama nominated the two-term Charlotte mayor last month to replace the retiring Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Senators will likely delve into his transit reforms in Charlotte during the hearing. 

In his opening statement, Foxx told the committee a story about going to his first job at age 12 by taking the number six bus after school.

“The number six connected me to the larger world of opportunity,” Foxx said. “And I truly believe that whether it is a bus, a road, a train, a plane or a ship...our transportation system at its best connects our people to jobs and a better quality of life.”

Senators will seek opinions from Foxx on transportation matters such as mass transit and air-traffic control.  He was formally introduced to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by both of North Carolina's senators: Republican  Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan.

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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