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Fundraising for park to tell black experience stalls
Saturday, August 1, 2015
RALEIGH – Supporters of a park that would showcase the black experience in North Carolina are overhauling their efforts, including a possible name change and the addition of a monument that would be more uplifting than others about slavery and Jim Crow laws, as they try to determine why donors haven't embraced the project. They need to raise $5
NC Supreme Court upholds school vouchers
Thursday, July 30, 2015
RALEIGH – The state’s Supreme Court last week upheld the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This program, passed in July 2013, provides scholarships of up to $4,200 for children from low-income families to attend a private school of their choice. This year over 5,500 applications were submitted and over 2,000 children are on the waitlist. While
McFarlane to face opponent in reelection bid
Thursday, July 30, 2015
RALEIGH – Incumbent Mayor Nancy McFarlane will run for a third term this election season. Her only opponent is Bob Weltzin, a chiropractor who ran against McFarlane in 2013. That year McFarlane won with 73 percent of the vote after being first elected in 2011. She previously served on the city council in 2007. McFarlane, who has called Raleigh home
Councilman analyzes Durham’s violent crime
Thursday, July 30, 2015
DURHAM – Nine murders and 200 cases of aggravated assault have occurred in Durham from 2009 through 2014. The city’s concern over crime rates was instigated by recent increases in homicides and aggravated assaults, though overall crime has decreased. Last year for instance, there were no murders in Durham according to the Durham County website.
Heart disease survivors spread message
Thursday, July 23, 2015
RALEIGH – Three local heart disease survivors have been chosen to represent the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement for the next year. Jessica Fournier, Evelyn McMahon and Leeann Bove’ stories were selected from a casting call at Crabtree Valley Mall in February. After being hospitalized for blood clots in her legs,
Mayor Bell files for final term
Thursday, July 23, 2015
DURHAM – Durham Mayor William “Bill” Bell will make this mayoral run his last. Bell will run against Tammy Lightfoot, a personnel manager at Wal-Mart; John Everett, a registered Democrat; and James Lyons, a Time Warner Cable employee. All contenders are newcomers. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve as mayor of the city of
Durham citizens hold conversation with police
Thursday, July 23, 2015
DURHAM – The Holton Career and Resource Center served as the meeting place for the community to come out and participate in a community conversation with law enforcement. The program was a collaborative venture between the Durham City Council, Durham County Commissioners, the Durham Public School Board and the community-at-large. “I think it is
NCCU student survives rare form of skin cancer
Thursday, July 16, 2015
DURHAM – Unbeknown to her, Dominique Hardy’s cancer started forming when she was 9 years old. Over the years, the “pin needle” scar began to grow as she grew. Doctors would ask about the scar on her back and run some tests, but nothing ever came of it. Hardy, 24, said it was a cycle of “checkups, tests and no real
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Fundraising for park to tell black experience stalls

RALEIGH – Supporters of a park that would showcase the black experience in North Carolina

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