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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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Wake schools holding on final snow make-up dates

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:40:01 -0500

Wake County Public School SystemWake County school leaders are awaiting the impact from Thursday night's winter weather to announce final snow make-up dates.

Rain moves through central NC; evening wintry mix expected

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:33:12 -0500

Precipitation forecast, 5 to 7 p.m., March 5, 2015Cold rain continued falling across central and eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon as a system that could generate more wintry precipitation pushed into the region.

Neighbors comforted a fading Hahn as she bled after stabbing attack

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:04:50 -0500

Angela CabeStrangers comforted Jamie Kirk Hahn as she lay bleeding in a neighbor's yard on the afternoon of April 22, 2013 - moments after authorities says she was stabbed by a longtime friend in the north Raleigh home she shared with her husband.

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:06:05 -0500

NASCAR Busch Investigation Auto RacingNASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday.

Manning back for 18th season after signing reworked deal

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:58:13 -0500

Broncos Manning Returns FootballIf the Denver Broncos' 2015 season goes the way he hopes, Peyton Manning will earn back every penny of the $4 million pay cut he took Thursday.

Attorney: Duke's Sulaimon not under investigation by school

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:34:24 -0500

Duke 79, Pitt 65Durham attorney Bob Ekstrand, who is providing advice to former Duke basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon, told WRAL Thursday that Sulaimon is not currently under investigation by the school.

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