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UNCTV Will Air US Senate Primary Debate On Monday

UNCTV Will Air US Senate Primary Debate On Monday

By UNC-TV, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – On Monday, April 28 at 7 pm, North Carolina Public Television (UNC-TV) will host a one-hour debate among four candidates for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. The debate will be held at the UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park…

City Of Raleigh Backs Down On Sign Ordinance, May Create Task Force

City Of Raleigh Backs Down On Sign Ordinance, May Create Task Force

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – After an outcry from business owners and business groups in Raleigh including the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, the Raleigh City Council has taken a step back from enacting new regulations that would affect what kind of signs could be placed in business windows. “The…

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Contrary to the common notion that mass media has produced the homogenization of American speech, regional words and phrases are alive and thriving. This is amply demonstrated by the monumental scholarly project that has given us “The Dictionary of American Regional…

NC State Representative Charged With Embezzling Tax Money

NC State Representative Charged With Embezzling Tax Money

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – North Carolina state Representative Deborah H. McManus, a Democrat representing Chatham County, has resigned today after being charged with embezzling money from a tax account at the company she worked for. The NC Department of Revenue alleges that between January of 2011 and July of 2013,…

Tech Firms Ask Obama To Stop Illegal Spying On Americans

Tech Firms Ask Obama To Stop Illegal Spying On Americans

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In newspaper advertisements placed across America and in an open letter posted online, several large technology firms have asked President Barack Obama to curtail the illegal espionage on American citizens that has been revealed in recent disclosures and media reports. The letter was signed…

DG MARTIN: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

DG MARTIN: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Nelson Mandela’s death last week at the age of 95 prompted a worldwide celebration of his life. The attention to him these past few days is testimony to the power of his wise and unselfish leadership. Mandela’s example was transformative. Not just…

OPINION: A Better Way In Germany In Terms Of Politics?

OPINION: A Better Way In Germany In Terms Of Politics?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Should we look to Germany for a better way to organize our government? Our parents and grandparents from the “Greatest Generation” would be shocked at the idea that the country they fought so hard to defeat would have the kind of representative…

Senator Hagan Says Study Proves Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Caused Birth Defects

Senator Hagan Says Study Proves Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Caused Birth Defects

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) said a new study released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) shows that water contamination has indeed been identified at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps base in North Carolina, and that is has been affecting the health…

Raleigh Mayor Comments On Passing Of Nelson Mandela

Raleigh Mayor Comments On Passing Of Nelson Mandela

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane commented today on the passing of South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.  The well-respected leader rose from a political prisoner to the elected President of South Africa after helping to inspire a generation to ban apartheid.  Mandela…

US Military Has Many Ways to Strike Syria in Potential Operation

US Military Has Many Ways to Strike Syria in Potential Operation

By Michael Lipin, VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – U.S. military planners have a range of air, naval and ground assets that could be used against Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack that Washington blames on the government of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. Secretary of State…

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - When Zeb Alley died earlier this month, lots of people in North Carolina thought they had lost one of their best friends. Those of us who worked the Raleigh scene knew him as one of the most influential lobbyists ever to work the…

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - “I want to do something, something besides Moral Mondays.” A friend was asking me what he could do to stop what the New York Times called last week a “demolition derby” in the state legislature. But my friend was not ready to join…

Governor McCrory Says He Would Veto Abortion Bill In Its Present Form

Governor McCrory Says He Would Veto Abortion Bill In Its Present Form

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement saying he would follow a campaign promise and would veto a General Assembly bill that he says would restrict abortions, at least in its present form. “Unless significant changes and clarifications are made addressing our concerns…

OPINION: Can NC Speaker Tillis Duplicate Holshouser’s Singular Victory?

OPINION: Can NC Speaker Tillis Duplicate Holshouser’s Singular Victory?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – When former Governor James Holshouser died last month, many North Carolinians of all political persuasions remembered with gratitude his example of political leadership and unselfish public service. One Republican U.S. Senate candidate has a special additional reason to be grateful for Holshouser’s…

Governor McCrory Criticizes Late Night Senate Shenanigans

Governor McCrory Criticizes Late Night Senate Shenanigans

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has joined in on the criticism of Senators in the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly for their recent passage of a bill. The bill has received national attention and lots of criticism in the media and elsewhere because…

NC DOT Clarifies Ferry System Information Gathering On Passengers

NC DOT Clarifies Ferry System Information Gathering On Passengers

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – After The Raleigh Telegram published a story on the gathering of information on passengers who are boarding North Carolina ferries on the coast, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has responded with some clarifications on the policies and what they do with the information.…

IRS Sent 2,408 Fraudulent Tax Refunds For $7 Million To One Address In Raleigh

IRS Sent 2,408 Fraudulent Tax Refunds For $7 Million To One Address In Raleigh

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – According to a report released last year, the Internal Revenue Service sent 2,408 fraudulent income tax refunds to a single address in Raleigh.  Those 2,408 false tax returns and refunds generated a whopping $7,284,212 in illegal tax refund checks in the year 2011 alone.…

FBI Admits To Secretly Using Drones To Fly Over America

FBI Admits To Secretly Using Drones To Fly Over America

By VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the agency is occasionally using drones over the U.S., but did not say what the purpose of the surveillance is. The U.S. for years has used drones to monitor activity along…

$75 Million Bond Transportation Referendum Will Be On Ballot In Raleigh

$75 Million Bond Transportation Referendum Will Be On Ballot In Raleigh

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – This week, the Raleigh City Council voted to approve a new bond referendum that will appear on the ballot this fall. The $75 million bond will go towards as yet undecided projects, but likely one of the projects will be the new Raleigh Union…

NSA’s Snowden Says That Great Britain Spied On Diplomats

NSA’s Snowden Says That Great Britain Spied On Diplomats

By VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – British newspaper The Guardian says documents leaked by a former U.S. intelligence contractor show that Britain spied on diplomats attending the 2009 Group of 20 summit in London. In a report published Monday, The Guardian said Britain’s eavesdropping agency, the General…

Popular Former NC Governor Jim Holshouser Passes Away

Popular Former NC Governor Jim Holshouser Passes Away

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – According to his family, popular former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser passed away today at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst after a period of declining health.  The former governor was 78 years old. Holshouser was elected in 1972 as North…

OPINION: Are There Any Good Options For The U.S. In Syria?

OPINION: Are There Any Good Options For The U.S. In Syria?

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In the summer of 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Chief David Petraeus and other officials urged President Obama to arm members of a disparate group of rebels who were fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama declined to…

Senate Tax Reform Proposal Includes $5,000 A Year Business License Fee

Senate Tax Reform Proposal Includes $5,000 A Year Business License Fee

EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was published in June of 2013 about a previous version of the tax reform bill.  To read an update on the latest version of the bill, please check back on our website this week. — Note posted on July 16th,2013. By Elliott West, The Raleigh…

After Hurricane Devastation, NC Town Turns To Solar Power, Other Innovative Solutions

After Hurricane Devastation, NC Town Turns To Solar Power, Other Innovative Solutions

By The Raleigh Telegram ORIENTAL, NC – After Hurricane Irene devastated the small town of Oriental almost two years ago and flooded homes, businesses, and even the town hall, the Town of Oriental has rebuilt its municipal offices using some innovative solutions.  The new structure will not only help prevent…

Newspaper Reporter Arrested At NC General Assembly Protests

Newspaper Reporter Arrested At NC General Assembly Protests

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Charlotte Observer newspaper is stating on its website that one of its reporters was arrested while covering the budget protests at the North Carolina General Assembly on Monday. Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was arrested and charged with misdemeanor charges of trespassing and…

VIDEO: NC Mountain Man’s Battle With Town Hall Results In Change In Law

VIDEO: NC Mountain Man’s Battle With Town Hall Results In Change In Law

By Fox8, Reposted By The Raleigh Telegram BOONE, NC – A mountain man in Watauga County who built his own buildings which were previously approved fought city hall and eventually won after an overzealous building inspector decided to try and have his farm buildings condemned. FROM FOX 8 WGHP NEWS:…

OPINION: Is Moral Monday At The NC Legislature Helping Or Hurting?

OPINION: Is Moral Monday At The NC Legislature Helping Or Hurting?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “We will not be Intimidated or Coerced by Certain Alphabetical Organizations or Committees under the Disguise of ‘Betterment of Certain Groups or Races’.” It reads like the reactions of some North Carolinians to the Moral Monday demonstrations at the North Carolina Legislative…

CBS News Says Computer Hacked Possibly By Obama Administration

CBS News Says Computer Hacked Possibly By Obama Administration

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – A CBS News investigative journalist is saying that both her work and home computers have been “compromised” and are “under investigation,” possibly by officials within the Obama administration. Sharyl Attkisson, who has won Emmy awards for her investigative reporting in the news division of…

President Obama Faces Three Scandals In IRS, Benghazi, And Spying On Reporters

President Obama Faces Three Scandals In IRS, Benghazi, And Spying On Reporters

By Jim Malone, VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram WASHINGTON DC – The recent history of second term U.S. presidents indicates trouble will come at some point. You just don’t expect it to come three at a time with roots both foreign and domestic. But for the moment that is…

Obama Administration: Driving After A Drink With Dinner On The Town Should Be Illegal

Obama Administration: Driving After A Drink With Dinner On The Town Should Be Illegal

By The Raleigh Telegram WASHINGTON DC – In a recently released report, an Obama administration official is recommending that the blood alcohol limit for criminal charges to be filed in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases should be lowered by almost half. National Traffic Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman recommends…

City Of Winston-Salem Looks To Sell Coliseum, Stadium

City Of Winston-Salem Looks To Sell Coliseum, Stadium

By The Raleigh Telegram WINSTON-SALEM – The City of Winston-Salem is looking to sell some local landmarks that city officials say are costing the city money. The city is hoping to sell the Lawrence Joel Coliseum, which is a public venue for concerts, graduations, and Wake Forest University basketball games,…

LETTER: Efforts To Dismantle Renewable Energy In NC Will Hurt Economy

LETTER: Efforts To Dismantle Renewable Energy In NC Will Hurt Economy

Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In this letter to the editor, a reader says that keeping the renewable energy requirements in North Carolina will not only benefit the economy but will help spur technology growth, create jobs, and will attract companies to the state.  The opinions expressed in…

Raleigh Council Votes To Fire City Manager Russell Allen

Raleigh Council Votes To Fire City Manager Russell Allen

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Raleigh City Council voted today to fire long-serving Raleigh City Manager J. Russell Allen.   Evidently, the dismissal was less than conciliatory, as the City of Raleigh public affairs department said that Allen was not talking directly to the media about his dismissal.…

NC Can Tax You On Your Car Long After You Sell It

NC Can Tax You On Your Car Long After You Sell It

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Did you know that North Carolina county tax departments can send you a tax bill for your car, truck, or other vehicle long after you sell it or no longer own it?  Some residents in the state are finding out the hard way that…

OPINION: Passing NC Voter ID Law Makes Sense

OPINION: Passing NC Voter ID Law Makes Sense

GUEST EDITORIAL By Senator Thom Goolsby, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – As the debate rages over photo voter ID, it is fascinating to listen to the arguments against the proposed law. The opposition continues to repeat the same old lines used back in 2005 when Georgia passed a…

McCrory Budget Would Help Kill NC Furniture Market

McCrory Budget Would Help Kill NC Furniture Market

By The Raleigh Telegram NOTE: This article has been updated at the bottom with a statement from Governor McCrory’s office saying that he has restored funding in his budget. RALEIGH – In what seems to be a contradiction to his campaign promises to help create jobs for people in North…

Poll Says Wake Voters In Favor Of Dix Park In Raleigh

Poll Says Wake Voters In Favor Of Dix Park In Raleigh

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – A new poll released today regarding the Dorothea Dix facility in downtown Raleigh says that by a two to one margin, Wake County voters favor keeping a deal in place that would create a “central” park on the 306 acre property. The Dorothea Dix…

LETTER: Bloomberg Wants Your Guns, Your DNA, And Spy Drones

LETTER: Bloomberg Wants Your Guns, Your DNA, And Spy Drones

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – A Raleigh Telegram reader sent in a letter expressing their opinion on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent efforts at running television commercials in North Carolina.  The spots tell gun owners they should be in favor of universal gun registration.  The reader also expresses…

John Edwards’ Daughter Says She Was Mad Over Rielle Hunter Affair

John Edwards’ Daughter Says She Was Mad Over Rielle Hunter Affair

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Cate Edwards, the daughter of former Senator John Edwards, is appearing on television on Friday morning on the “Today” show and on Friday night on NBC when she is interviewed by reporter Savannah Guthrie on “Rock Center,” a news program. This is the first…

OPINION: NC Lottery And Rand Paul’s Drone Speech

OPINION: NC Lottery And Rand Paul’s Drone Speech

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Are you tired of the partisan divisiveness that is poisoning the political environment of our state and nation? Do you wish that the politicians from the two parties would work together more often on issues of common concern? Me too. Maybe we…

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