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NC Loses Two Long-Serving Republicans

WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii interviews North Carolina's ranking member of Congress, Rep. Walter Jones.
WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii interviews North Carolina's ranking member of Congress, Rep. Walter Jones.

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin announced that he will step down at the end of February to become the dean of Regent University law school in Virginia. Martin was one of two Republican justices remaining on the state Supreme Court, and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will choose his replacement. 

WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii joins host Frank Stasio to talk about who Cooper may choose and how the court shakeup could impact the state. Plus, it has been more than a week since U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. entered hospice care.

The 75-year-old politician recently broke his hip, and prior to that had been in poor health missing several votes and eventually taking a leave of absence. While the family has asked for prayers and privacy, his declining health has left North Carolina’s 3rd District without a congressman. Tiberii discusses the legacy of Jones and the options for his district. 

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.