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McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation

Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Dave DeWitt
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Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh

Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane want some extra time to decide how to utilize 325 acres of prime capital city real estate. 

The two announced today that they are backing House legislation to give the city and state another year to negotiate an agreement to re-purpose the Dorothea Dix property

Raleigh leaders want to use the land as a destination park.  McCrory says he understands and supports that.“I also support the need of the state to have an integrated plan with a much-needed Health and Human Services facility especially with regards to mental health,” McCrory says. “ I think we can have both.  I think they can be integrated.”

The Senate's bill would immediately void the deal which could lead to lawsuits.  Senate President Phil Berger issued a statement saying he could not understand why the governor and the mayor want to extend "an unlawful lease."  Berger also disagreed with making property at the Governor Morehead School available for Raleigh to purchase.  He says it doesn't give the state equal footing in a potential deal.

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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