Authorities recover body of NC teacher who went missing in Mexico

By Janine Bowen, WRAL digital journalist Davidson, N.C. — The body of a North Carolina teacher declared dead in Mexico has been recovered, according to a Facebook post. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, “died on October 28 at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling,” according to a post …

Rift Widens Between Facebook and Democratic Allies

By Nicholas Confessore and Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook …

Claim your spot! Spectators gather downtown for Raleigh Christmas Parade

Raleigh, N.C. — Saturday marks the return of a Triangle holiday tradition: The Raleigh Christmas Parade. ​ By 6:45 a.m., people were already bundled up and claiming their part of the sidewalk with blankets and folding chairs for optimal parade viewing. Temperatures will be in the 40s and low 50s for the bulk of the …

Final count flips one more NC House seat to Democrats

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Raleigh, N.C. — According to official vote totals submitted Friday, state Republican lawmakers have lost their veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate, as Democrats maintained their election-night gains and picked up an additional House seat in Mecklenburg County. It’s unusual for mail-in ballots and provisional …

Deadly salmonella outbreak forces USDA to recall raw turkey

By Jen Christensen and Madeline Holcombe, CNN (CNN) — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of …

Threat prompts lockdown at all Nash-Rocky Mount schools

By Jessica Patrick, Digital journalist Nash County, N.C. — All schools in the Nash-Rocky Mount district were on lockdown Thursday after an unknown caller made a non-specific threat. According to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, a caller made a shooting threat against an unidentified school. As a result, deputies were sent to each school as …