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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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Still angry: Woman arrested at RDU has outburst in court

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:31:49 -0400

Evian Gabrielle VillegasA Durham woman facing an assault charge after she allegedly punched and cursed an airport police officer continued her resistance to authority Monday afternoon in her first court appearance.

Suspect in deadly Waffle House quadruple shooting in custody

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:58:42 -0400

Travis ReinkingThe Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):

Shooting in Raleigh prompts lockdown at nearby day care center

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:49:48 -0400

Raleigh shooting probePolice in Raleigh were investigating Monday afternoon after a shooting near a daycare center prompted the facility to impose a lockdown, authorities said.

Mock draft: 4 QBs likely to go high in NFL Draft 1st round

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:38:14 -0400

Mock_Draft_Chubb_Football_91727Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early.

Dick Vitale: prime-time player for pediatric cancer research

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:30:48 -0400

UNC vs FLSTDick Vitale's voice cracked as he discussed his self-described obsession with raising money for pediatric cancer research.

Former UNC, NFL standout Dee Hardison dies at 61

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:50:07 -0400

Dee HardisonFormer North Carolina defensive tackle Dee Hardison, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame who played 11 seasons in the National Football League, has died. He was 61.

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