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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UNC study: Flooding from hurricanes, storms is ‘off the charts,’ driven by climate change

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:26 -0400

UNC study: Flooding from hurricanes, storms is 'off the charts,' driven by climate changeA “regime shift” defined as “large, persistent changes in the structure and function of social-ecological systems, with substantive impacts on the suite of ecosystem services provided by these systems” appears to be underway for coastal North Carolina with precipitation levels in recent storms being “off the charts,” say researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Cary’s ‘smart city’ work could one day save taxpayers money

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:25 -0400

Cary's 'smart city' work could one day save taxpayers moneyCary is one of the leaders in the country in the “Smart City” movement.

Officials: Remains of missing Raleigh man, additional human remains found

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 23:28:11 -0400

Brendan Hurley, Anthony McCall, Raleigh missing men believed murderedThe Raleigh Police Department reports they have found the remains of one Raleigh man who has been missing and presumed dead. Additional human remains have also been found.

Bulls drop series opener to Pawtucket, 17-2

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 23:20:54 -0400

The Durham Bulls fell behind early and couldn't recover, falling 17-2 to the Pawtucket Red Sox in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday at the DBAP. Teddy Stankiewicz (5-6) recorded the victory for the Red Sox, while Sam McWilliams (1-1) suffered the loss.

There's no such thing as 'I can't.'

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:36:42 -0400

Dawson BattsMy favorite part of meeting the Batts family was when Dawson told me a phrase his parents reiterated to him when he was little. Erica and her husband said "'There's no such thing as 'I can't.'"

Batts defies odds, earns spot on Fayetteville Tech baseball team

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:28:25 -0400

Childhood dream comes true for baseball player born with one armDawson was born without his left arm, but it hasn't slowed him down one bit. In fact, Dawson led his conference in hitting for a majority of the season.

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