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Wake EMS, independent plowers prepare to hit snowy roads

Durham, N.C. — Wake County Emergency Medical Services trucks have tire chains and cat litter for traction in snow. But if roads get particularly bad, it could take crews longer to get to emergencies. “As it gets

NC State study finds levees are at risk with frequent flooding

By Mandy Mitchell, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — New research out of North Carolina State University is showing how the United States’ aging levee system could have hidden dangers inspectors may not be able to see. Researchers

Hari Kondabolu talks politics, impeachment ahead of Durham comedy show

By Tony Castleberry Durham, N.C. — Hari Kondabolu will soon complete the North Carolina comedy triangle. Kondabolu, a veteran stand-up comedian and writer, has performed in North Carolina numerous times, but his Feb. 19 show at Motorco

‘Lucky to be living:’ Woman’s arm re-attached after alleged machete attack

By Gilbert Baez, WRAL reporter, & Melody Brown-Peyton, The Fayetteville Observer Fayetteville, N.C. — A Fayetteville man is accused of cutting off his girlfriend’s arm with a machete, according to court documents. Police officers were called to

NC education pioneer Bobbye Draughon dies at 81

Raleigh, N.C. — A public servant passed away Jan. 31, leaving countless lives touched by her contributions to North Carolina’s education. Bobbye S. Draughon spent her life of 81 years designing and implementing programs to help educators

Nonprofit gives away postoperative shirts designed for women preparing for mastectomy

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Go Ask Mom editor Breast cancer has hit Nikki Speer’s family multiple times, including her own mother, who was diagnosed with the illness three times. It’s the reason she designed the HOPE shirt,

Beauty in grief: Durham woman creates 100 days of art from her mother’s funeral flowers

By Heather Leah, WRAL digital journalist Durham, N.C. — When Janet Willis’ mom passed away from small cell lung cancer in her 70s, Willis said she felt like she lost more than a mother; she lost a

Christina Koch’s year of ISS science

By Tony Rice, WRAL contributor/NASA ambassador The record books will remember Christina Koch for her record setting 328 days in space, the longest continuous spaceflight by a woman and for her part in the first all-female spacewalk.

2 charged with prostitution, practicing massage therapy without a license in Cary

Two women were charged with prostitution and practicing massage therapy without a license, according to arrest records. Jin Hua Li, 42, and Jin Hongmei, 43, were arrested at separate salons and spas in Cary. Hongmei, of Nevada,

Clayton police hold class to help people prepare, react to active-shooter scenario

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter Clayton, N.C. — They are teachers, business owners and church leaders. They want to know what to do if they face someone trying to commit a mass shooting. Police departments around the