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Franklin Graham reflects on father, future

Franklin Graham reflects on father, future

By Bill Leslie, WRAL anchor/reporter, & Matthew Burns, WRAL senior producer/politics editor — Three months after the death of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, his son Franklin Graham says he plans to step up his own preaching while also cutting back on speaking engagements and other responsibilities. In a wide-ranging interview with WRAL News at the Boone headquarters of Samaritan‘s Purse, […]

T-storms dot the Triangle through Wednesday evening

T-storms dot the Triangle through Wednesday evening

By Greg Fishel, WRAL chief meteorologist, and Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist Thunderstorms packing wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail briefly blasted parts of Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake counties Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service reported a storm moving southeast from Pittsboro in southwestern Wake County at 4:20 p.m. at a rate of 20 mph. Hail falling […]

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer It‘s a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit. Critics of the study say it doesn‘t close […]

Family apologizes to community for man who drove into eatery

Family apologizes to community for man who drove into eatery

GASTONIA, N.C. — Relatives of a North Carolina man accused of driving into a restaurant, killing two loved ones, are thanking authorities and apologizing to the community. Monty Self read a statement Wednesday to reporters in Gaston County west of Charlotte. He‘s the brother of Roger Self, who faces two first-degree murder counts after authorities say he rammed a sport […]

Maker of candy hearts and Necco Wafers sold at auction

Maker of candy hearts and Necco Wafers sold at auction

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON — The bankrupt 171-year-old candy maker known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little inscribed hearts that are everywhere on Valentine‘s Day got a sweet message from a rival Wednesday: BE MINE. Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. had the winning $18.83 million bid for the New England Confectionery Co., or Necco, at a […]

Man arrested after trooper dies in chase in Yadkin County

Man arrested after trooper dies in chase in Yadkin County

— A man was arrested early Wednesday following a chase and crash that killed a trooper on Monday evening. According to officials, Dakota Kape Whitt, 22, of Elkin, was arrested after an extensive search. Whitt is charged with murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest and driving with a revoked license. Officials said Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard, 24, was a three-year […]

Police: Fayetteville woman sexually assaulted cable guy

Police: Fayetteville woman sexually assaulted cable guy

By Janine Bowen, WRAL editor — A Fayetteville woman was charged after authorities said she performed a sex act on an unwilling cable technician in her home. Fayetteville police said the technician went to authorities after Mildred Newsome performed a sex act without his consent while he was working at her house in April. Newsome was charged on May 19 […]