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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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Police: 4 shot inside NYC concert venue

Wed, 25 May 2016 23:51:18 -0400

Concert ShootingPolice say four people have been shot inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform.

27-year-old vehicle considered 'classic' in Cumberland County

Wed, 25 May 2016 23:30:37 -0400

27-year-old Toyota CamryAn 80-year-old Cumberland County woman was shocked to find out her 27-year-old car is now considered a classic, which means higher taxes to the county.

High-profile group wants to quell HB2 furor

Wed, 25 May 2016 23:19:54 -0400

House Bill 2 (HB2)A group of conservative and liberal leaders say they hope to pave the way for conversation and accommodation on HB2.

Late FSU runs puts NC State in early pool play hole

Wed, 25 May 2016 19:36:06 -0400

NC State falls to Florida State in ACC openerWith the game tied late, No. 4 seed Florida State took control, scoring four runs in the eighth inning of an eventual 7-3 win over No. 5 NC State to open pool play at the ACC Baseball Tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Parsons, Martin, Hendrick selected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Wed, 25 May 2016 19:14:34 -0400

Rick HendrickTo Benny Parsons, auto racing was everything.

No. 2 seed ECU drops AAC tourney opener to USF, 4-2

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:52:44 -0400

East Carolina LogoSeventh-seeded USF scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for a 4-2 win over No. 2 seed East Carolina during first round action at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Wednesday at Bright House Field.

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