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5 hrs ago | The Charlotte Observer

Farm Aid event in Raleigh benefits area farmers, nonprofit groups

Musicians Dave Matthews, left, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson applaud a farmer during a press conference held before the Farm Aid concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Willie Nelson joins a Native American dance troupe in the Lord's Prayer to open the Farm Aid event held at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.

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Related Topix: Raleigh, NC, Willie Nelson, Country, Agriculture, Science, Knightdale, NC

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Examiner.com

Illegal aliens are much more of a threat than ISIS

On Monday, police in Raleigh arrested Edgar Jovito Velasquez-Mendez , 31, after an investigation reportedly determined that he has been molesting multiple girls since 2008. The latest sexual assault took place on the day of his arrest, according to court documents.

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Related Topix: US News, Illegal Immigration, Fuquay Varina, NC, Gastonia, NC

Fri Sep 12, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Burning Coal Theatre and NC State Dance Program to Present State of Dance, 11/6-8

Burning Coal Theatre Company and NC State Dance Program will present State of Dance , the world premieres of six new dance pieces created by six of the most exciting young, emergent dance makers in North Carolina November 6 - 8, 2014. The works will premiere at Burning Coal Theatre's Murphey School Auditorium , Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 6 - 8 at 7:30pm.

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Related Topix: Arts, Dance, Raleigh, NC, Modern Dance, Cary, NC

Business Journal

CFOs say minimum wage boost would result in 'immediate layoffs'

Andrea Padilla of Raleigh chants along with other protesters in front of the Old Wake County Courthouse along Fayetteville Street on May 1. Padilla, who has worked in the service industry, came together with about 75 other protesters to protest the minimum wage, workers' rights and fair access to education on May Day, which is an international day to recognize worker's rights and in most countries considered a holiday. Chief financial officers in the United States say a minimum wage increase to between $10 and $15 per hour would cause immediate harm to the economy.

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Related Topix: Life, Holidays, Beltaine, May Day, Duke University

WRAL.com

Wake County among the hot spots on the legislative map

"There's just a lot of mistrust and feeling that they're not getting the full story," Crawford said, pointing to conflicting messages over teacher pay as one source for the skepticism. Barefoot, too, said he's meeting voters who don't feel like they're getting the truth - many who say negative ads criticizing his votes on natural gas drilling have turned them off.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

WRAL.com

Authorities involved in two vehicle pursuits in Wake County

The first pursuit started when a Durham County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on Angier Avenue, authorities said. It ended after the motorcycle pulled into a Shell gas station near Chapel Hill Road and Airport Boulevard in Morrisville and stopped, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Durham County, NC, Morrisville, NC

WRAL.com

Business owners volunteer at Raleigh community center in remembrance of 9/11

11 has transitioned from a day of mourning to a national day of service. This year, a husband and wife served their community one day early in the hopes of motivating others to do the same.

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Business Journal

Fuqua-Varina vies for 130 new jobs as U.K.'s A-Safe charts expansion

Fuquay-Varina is quickly becoming a front-runner on a short list of communities vying for the first manufacturing facility in the U.S. for a company that makes fixed, polymer safety barriers used in warehouses, airports and distribution facilities around the world. The town's economic development director, Jim Seymour , earlier this week issued a release that the U.S. executives of UK-based A-Safe had opened a 10,000-square-foot office on Division Drive in Fuquay-Varina for its temporary corporate, administrative, warehousing and assembly operations.

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Related Topix: Fuquay Varina, NC

HeraldSun.com

DPS has more success filling teaching posts

In fact, one official said DPS has had one of its better years filling teaching posts, hiring 401 teachers between June and August. By comparison, the district hired only 207 new teachers over the same span last year and struggled to fill vacancies late into the fall.

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Related Topix: Chapel Hill, NC, Education Etc., Durham, NC

The Times-Tribune

Namedropper, Sept. 11, 2014

Katie Nebzydoski and her horse Maeve won second place honors in the Beginning English Pleasure Division at the Wayne County 4-H Horse Show. Members of Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, Social Concerns Committee, who planned a Strawberry Tea Party to benefit local charities, include, seated from left: Pat Kee and Mary Ann Jones, and standing: Mary Lou Montella, Sheri Reviello and Joanna Reviello.

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Related Topix: Belmont Abbey College

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Business Journal

Rankings: Best Triangle high schools

In 24 of the Triangle's 42 public high schools, more than half of all students do not meet the college and career readiness standard. In only seven Triangle high schools - four in Wake County and three in Chapel Hill/Carrboro - 70 percent of students or more meet that standard.

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Related Topix: Carrboro, NC, Chapel Hill, NC

Business Journal

Image of the day: The morning pick-me-up

Darren Morey, pictured left, co-owner of The Cookie People, completes a transaction of a chocolate chip cookie with Erin Graber at the Downtown Raleigh Farmers' Market on Sept.10.

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The Raw Story

Teacher's job threatened after he compares his school to lesbian-creating concentration camp

A Wake County, North Carolina high school biology teacher is being criticized for publishing an anti-public school diatribe in a home-schooling magazine, WTVD reports . Fuquay-Varina High School biology teacher Ray Fournier never mentions his employer by name in the article, instead referring to the school at which he teaches as "a concentration camp dedicated to the spiritual death of those imprisoned behind these walls."

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Related Topix: Education, Home Schooling, Fuquay Varina, NC, Education Etc.

WRAL.com

Wendell woman indicted on murder charge in 2013 motor-vehicle death

Camille Meijon Silver, 23, of 2013 Meadow Lane, was initially charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the July 3, 2013, death of Maryland Jerome Vick, 24, whom police say Silver hit as he was walking on East Boxley Drive in Wendell three days earlier. "She knew him.

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Creative Loafing

First Drip (9/10/14): Immigration advocates urge CMS to allow...

First Drip : Immigration advocates urge CMS to allow undocumented volunteers, fire at Wake County nuclear plant, more Immigration advocates urged Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members to allow undocumented parents to volunteer at CMS schools. As its policy stands, the district requires drivers licenses and Social Security numbers of all volunteers.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

WRAL.com

Police officer's killer being considered for parole

Bobby Earl Smith, 64, was sentenced in 1982 to life in prison with the possibility of parole after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting William Ray. Gilmore Jr. Gilmore, 24, was shot twice in the head on Jan. 30, 1982, while he and another officer had been responding to a disturbance call.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Q-Notes

Wake County teacher says 'concentration camp' school turned student gay

A Wake County teacher has apologized after writing a commentary that compared the high school where he works to a concentration camp and suggesting the school turned a formerly homeschooled student into a lesbian. "As I step out of my car and begin my long walk across the parking lot I can already feel the oppression in the air," Fournier's piece begins.

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Related Topix: Fuquay Varina, NC, Family, Teenagers, Liberty University

Sun Sep 07, 2014

WITN

Highway Patrol Investigates Fatal I-40 Wreck

Two people died and two others were injured when their disabled car was rear-ended on Interstate 40 near the border between Wake and Johnston counties. The State Highway Patrol says Kevin Lamont Johnson was driving slowly in the far right westbound lane early Sunday because he had a flat tire.

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Related Topix: Johnston County, NC

Fri Sep 05, 2014

WRAL.com

NC won't say which agencies received surplus military gear

The N.C. Department of Public Safety last week released a county-level list of tactical equipment obtained under the federal 1033 Excess Property Program, designed to grant surplus equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country, largely for counter-drug and -terrorism activities. The gear includes rifles, riot shotguns and heavy equipment like helicopters and mine-resistant vehicles.

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Related Topix: Riot

Business Journal

UNC and Duke compete for high tech cancer fighting machine in Wake County

Three health care organizations in Wake County want to add a high tech cancer fighting machine, but must convince state regulators their proposal is superior to the others. Competing proposals were submitted by UNC Hospitals , Duke Raleigh and Parkway Urology and would range in investment from $3.8 million to $4.5 million.

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Related Topix: Raleigh, NC, Medicine, Urology, Holly Springs, NC

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