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Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's 2011 estimated population was 416,468, over an area of 142.8 square miles (370 km2), making Raleigh currently the 42nd most populous city in the United States. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day Dare County, North Carolina.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of "The Triangle" originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and three major research universities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina. As of 2012 Census Estimate the population of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill CSA was 1,998,808. The Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as of 2012 Census Estimate was 1,188,564.

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House steers toward climactic vote on GOP health care bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:22:13 -0400

APTOPIX_Congress_Health_Overhaul_98451Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress.

Durham PE teacher wins national award for work with special needs students

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:58:33 -0400

Lara BrickhouseLast week, Lara Brickhouse was named the national Adapted PE Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

US-born panda Bao Bao makes first public appearance in China

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:40:11 -0400

China_US_Panda_18065American-born giant panda Bao Bao made her first appearance Friday before the public in southwestern China following her move there from Washington, D.C.

Xavier knocks off Arizona 73-71 in West Region

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:24:14 -0400

NCAA_Xavier_Arizona_Basketball_30874Not long after losing to Arizona's Sean Miller at the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Xavier coach Chris Mack jokingly said his friend should let him win the next one.

Panthers sign RB Jonathan Stewart to one-year contract extension

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:51:58 -0400

StewartThe Carolina Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Friday morning.

Oxford natives cheer on Hicks, ACC in Memphis

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:55:26 -0400

Tar Heels take MemphisA Duke fan and a NC State fan -- Jean and David Thompson live in Bartlet, Tenn., but are Oxford, NC natives. It was a no-brainer to head roughly 14 miles west into Memphis to visit the FedEx Forum for practice day ahead of the Sweet Sixteen Friday.

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