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A “Top Chef” contestant's restaurant in North Carolina has permanently closed down due to revenue losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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This story was updated at 2:01 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

While the Confederacy lasted just a bit longer than four years, its memory has lived on for lifetimes in the form of historical markers, the names of streets, counties and towns, its flag and monuments.

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A North Carolina county's board of commissioners will vote Monday to make Juneteenth a county holiday, and to declare racism as a public health crisis.

Confederate monuments, memorials, and names on buildings are coming down across the South. In the last month, many of the region's long standing symbols have been stripped, from the Mississippi state flag to a statue of Stonewall Jackson in Richmond, Virginia.

Host Leoneda Inge visits the city of Quincy, Florida, after officials swiftly removed their Confederate landmark, and she speaks with Mitch Colvin, mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, about recent protests against the legacy of Confederate symbolism in his city. Leoneda also reflects on the significance of recent changes to capitalize “Black” in newsrooms.

Our thanks to WRAL for supplying some of this episode's audio.

 


Line of police officers in riot gear face a line of kneeling protesters.
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Law enforcement agencies have spent at least $2.2 million responding to protests that occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Former Raleigh City Council member Saige Martin is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. The Wake County District Attorney asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Monday to review the allegations of four men who accused him of making unwanted sexual advances while he worked at North Carolina State University.

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Two Civil War cannons that were at a Confederate monument in Raleigh are now at Fort Fisher.

The Wilmington Star News reports that the naval cannons arrived Sunday after they were removed with the monument they were part of on the orders of Governor Roy Cooper earlier this month after they were vandalized.

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Crews in Raleigh removed the largest remnants of a 75-foot-tall Confederate monument that sat near the grounds of the state Capitol for 125 years.

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Following the orders of Governor Roy Cooper, work crews on Saturday and Sunday removed three Confederate monuments outside the state capitol in Raleigh. This came after protesters toppled two nearby statues Friday night.

Major the Bull wears a protective facemark in the downtown plaza in Durham, N.C. Friday, March 27, 2020.
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Starting Friday, the city of Raleigh will be requiring face coverings in public. Durham and Orange counties have already implemented local requirements.

Hundreds of protesters took to downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May. 30, 2020 to denounce the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week.
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After more than two weeks of protests in downtown Raleigh, protesters are demanding change from the city's leadership, particularly in its police department.

A man hold a sign at a protest in downtown Raleigh on May 30, 2020 to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week.
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The city of Raleigh lifted its curfew and state of emergency on Monday, a week after it was imposed on residents.

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Add North Carolina's capital city to those sporting a bold message denouncing racism painted in large yellow letters on a city street.

Protesters and police in riot gear face off at demonstrations on Sunday night in Raleigh.
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Images and video from Saturday and Sunday nights in Raleigh have ricocheted across the internet. Cameras captured heavily armored police and sheriff’s deputies pushing protesters with sticks, the air thick with tear gas. On Sunday, Raleigh Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin criticized the rioting and looting that took place.

Major the Bull wears a protective facemark in the downtown plaza in Durham, N.C. Friday, March 27, 2020.
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Around the Triangle, streets and restaurants, businesses and college campuses have remained largely empty this week, after Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order directing North Carolinians to shelter in place for a month. The order went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30 and will last until April 29.

Photographers Chuck Liddy and Ben McKeown captured some of the empty spaces around our community.

 

File photo of Lt. Col. Danielle Budzko opening up a Lego newspaper stand on one of her Lego sets.
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A person who attended a LEGO convention in North Carolina earlier this month has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting county health officials to urge others who attended to call an information line to see if they may have been exposed to the virus.

Sign that reads 'Stop RDU Quarry.'
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A court decision on whether to build a contentious rock quarry in Wake County is expected within a week. The planned site for the quarry is a strip of forested land nestled alongside Umstead Park in Raleigh.

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Voters in North Carolina's capital city are expected to get another chance to choose their next mayor in a runoff.

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Cameras to keep an eye on road flooding are coming to 16 locations across Raleigh. The city will install them in areas where heavy rains and flooding have closed roads in the past.

Raleigh Pilots Underground Trash Program

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Artist's rendering of how the Molok waste collection system will look in Raleigh.
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The City of Raleigh is testing out a new way to collect trash and recycling.

A year-long pilot program aims to get roll carts off the sidewalks downtown. Instead, garbage, mixed recycling, and cardboard will be collected in large underground cylinders. Six of the cylinders are being installed at the corner of Wilmington and Hargett streets this week.

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The Raleigh City Council sent mixed messages Tuesday night about the future of short-term rentals like Airbnb.

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Raleigh's mayor says she will not run for another term. Independent Nancy McFarlane's fourth term in office expires later this year.

Raleigh Union Station in downtown Raleigh. The new station opened July 10, 2018. It serves Amtrak customers.
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Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Jessica Holmes delivered the state of the city and county address at a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

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A downtown Raleigh transportation hub is nearly ready to host its first passenger trains. 

The city officially dedicated Union Station in a ceremony Monday morning. The $89 million project will eventually handle commuter and passenger rail as well as buses and taxis on the west end of downtown.

Amazon announced Raleigh is on the list of 20 possible contenders for its HQ2.
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As Raleigh tries to appeal to Amazon for its new headquarters, an LGBTQ rights group is pushing the company to look elsewhere.

The man who finished second in the race for Raleigh mayor wants a runoff vote.

Charles Francis told reporters Sunday he wants a runoff with Mayor Nancy McFarlane after she failed to get a majority last week's initial voting. McFarlane got 48.5 percent of the vote while Francis got 36.7 percent.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy MacFarlane was the clear choice of voters in yesterday’s municipal election, but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff.

downtown Raleigh skyline
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The Raleigh housing market continues at a white hot pace, driven partly by institutional investors. Real estate analysts with Attom Data Solutions crunched the numbers, and they noticed an interesting trend.

A breakdown of the Raleigh fiscal year 2018 budget.
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Raleigh City Council passed a fiscal year budget that will include a tax increase to give raises to city workers like police officers, firefighters and more.

Property taxes will increase by a little less than one penny per $100 valuation. Put another way, for a home valued at about $200,000, taxes will increase by a little more than $1 per month.

Women and their supporters turned out in droves for the Women's March on Raleigh on January 21, 2017.
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On Saturday, women and their supporters took to the streets of Washington, DC and other cities around the world to voice their opposition to incoming President Donald Trump. In Raleigh, marching women donned knitted pussyhats, the headwear that has become emblematic of feminist protest.
 

Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC reporter Jess Clark about the march in Raleigh and the range of issues protested including xenophobia and House Bill 2.

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