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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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Following threat, Harnett County ups security at schools

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:03:53 -0500

Harnett County adds resource officers at elementary schoolsAfter getting word of a threat at Harnett Central Middle School on Tuesday, officials say they are taking any threat of a possible school shooting very seriously.

Years after her disappearance, Erica Parsons' parents charged with murder

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:43:55 -0500

Erica ParsonsAlmost seven years after their adopted 13-year-old daughter was last seen alive, Sandy and Casey Parsons face murder charges in her death.

Durham DA drops all charges in Confederate monument toppling case

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:41:51 -0500

Durham protesters topple Confederate monumentOne day after a judge tossed charges against two suspects accused of toppling a Confederate monument statue last summer, Durham prosecutors on Tuesday announced that they were dropping charges against the remaining five suspects whose day in court was scheduled for April.

Woods, Stricker to be vice captains at Ryder Cup

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:52:28 -0500

Genesis_Open_Golf_83640Tiger Woods will be in France this year for the Ryder Cup as a vice captain.

After consecutive road wins, NC State returns home to face Boston College

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:17:18 -0500

UNC downs NC State, 96-89After back-to-back road wins at Syracuse and Wake Forest, NC State returns home Tuesday looking to solidify its NCAA Tournament resume against Boston College.

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:53:22 -0500

Louisville_Escorts_Appeal_Basketball_95888Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA's decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment.

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