State News

Two N.C. residents invited to State of the Union talk

Posted January 27, 2010 12:59 p.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2010 2:33 p.m. EST

— Two North Carolina residents will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address.

They are among some two dozen people invited to sit in the first lady's box on Wednesday night as President Barack Obama discusses his first year in office and his vision for the future.

Julia Frost of Jacksonville is a former Marine who is using the GI Bill to get a college degree at Coastal Carolina Community College. Her husband, Sgt. Ryan Frost, is stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Ping Fu of Chapel Hill is the CEO of Research Triangle Park-based Geomagic. The company makes software to help corporations and government agencies build 3D digital models, employs about 100 people and continues to hire.

Kim Munley, one of the civilian police officers credited with stopping a November shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, also will sit with the first lady. Munley is a Carolina Beach native and former Wrightsville Beach police officer.