Michael Tomsic

Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ

4:21pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:53 pm

Jimmie Johnson, celebrating a win in July, is a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ. He says the playoff changes should still result in a top driver taking the title.
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NASCAR's old point system was a mathematical labyrinth concerned with consistency: Drivers didn't have to actually win a race to make the playoffs, as long as they were in the top 10 often enough.

Even NASCAR CEO Brian France has joked that fans needed a computer next to them to figure it out. Take this announcement at a race in Richmond, Va., last year:

"Joey Logano is still barely clinging to that 10th spot in points, but he's 25th two laps down. Jeff Gordon only 2 points behind him."

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6:12pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:00 pm

Companies have set aside more than $30 billion for victims of mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, since 1980.
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This is a case about a bankrupt company, legal shenanigans, and a rare type of cancer.

You may have seen TV commercials about mesothelioma, mainly caused by inhaling asbestos — minerals many companies once used in insulation and other products.

According to a 2011 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, companies have set aside more than $30 billion for mesothelioma victims since the 1980s. Asbestos lawsuits have played a role in about 100 companies' going bankrupt.

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6:21pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Around the Nation

States Settle Into Wooing War With Bids For Boeing Plane Plant

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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Negotiations between Boeing and the machinists union in Washington State broke down again last night. The union rejected Boeing's latest contract offer. The deal would've guaranteed that production of the new 777X airplanes would stay in the Seattle area. Now, the aerospace giant may be taking those planes and thousands of jobs elsewhere.

Other states are eagerly courting them. But Michael Tomsic of member station WFAE in Charlotte reports that landing the aerospace company won't come cheap.

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4:51am

Mon August 26, 2013
Around the Nation

Too Much Rain Washes Out Crops In The South

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:10 am

Parts of the South have seen record rainfall this year. After years of drought, you'd think all that rain would be a good thing. But too much of the wet stuff is bad for farmers' crops.

3:39pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Sports

NASCAR Champ Finds Fans With Beer, Tweets And Bangin' Fenders

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, gets out of his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona on Feb. 17.
Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images

The first big race of the NASCAR season is on Sunday, and Brad Keselowski, the sport's brash, young champion, will begin defending his title.

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7:05am

Sat February 16, 2013
Sports

New Car Hits The Road In NASCAR Season Opener

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 10:05 am

NASCAR's new season begins Saturday, and there's something a bit different on the track: a new car. NASCAR says it's betting on the future of the sport with the introduction of this new ride.

9:03am

Sun October 28, 2012
History

Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

The John B. Hayes Federal Building in Wilkesboro, N.C., is among several federal courthouses being closed in the South.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.

The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. It's one of six federal courthouses closing in the South over the next year or two.

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