The Best of Raleigh

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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Defending champion Caps face 'Mr. Game 7' and the Hurricanes

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:39:28 -0400

Capitals_Hurricanes_Hockey_70105Justin Williams doesn't lose in Game 7. Except that one time.

Woman killed when she falls into meat grinder at work

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:39:22 -0400

Woman killed when she falls into meat grinder at workAuthorities say a woman was killed when she fell into a meat grinder at a processing plant in northern Pennsylvania.

2 tanker trucks collide, closing intersection at US 70, US Hwy 301

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:24:39 -0400

Minor injuries reported after tanker truck crashThe intersection of U.S. 70 at U.S. Highway 301 was closed Wednesday morning after two tanker trucks crashed.

Quick turnaround for Hurricanes, should they advance

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:56:06 -0400

capscanes12No rest for the weary, should the Carolina Hurricanes advance past Washington.

Brind'Amour, Williams bring a combo of leadership to Canes

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:42:27 -0400

penscanes34Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour and captain Justin Williams played together on the Canes' Stanley Cup team, and they lean on each other in leading this year's squad.

Defending champion Caps face 'Mr. Game 7' and the Hurricanes

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:39:28 -0400

Capitals_Hurricanes_Hockey_70105Justin Williams doesn't lose in Game 7. Except that one time.

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