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Some wake to downed trees, no power after overnight storms

Some wake to downed trees, no power after overnight storms

By Mike Moss, WRAL meteorologist — The high winds and heavy downpours of overnight storms left some parts of central North Carolina in the dark even as Wednesday dawned. About 1,000 customers each in Harnett and Johnston counties lost power at the peak of the storms. Department of Transportation crews spent the overnight hours clearing dozens of downed treet and […]

Timely rain a boost to struggling corn crop

Timely rain a boost to struggling corn crop

By Emmy Victor, WRAL reporter — Farmers across central North Carolina looked to the sky with joy Tuesday night. The downpours that are welcome in the fields, where the corn crop has been taking a hit from heat and dry conditions. Lisa Penny of Penny‘s Produce in Johnston County says the evidence of the recent lack of rain is clear. […]

Relief! A break from the heat is finally here

Relief! A break from the heat is finally here

By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist — A look at the seven-day forecast shows storms and cloudy days ahead — but, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth, that also means cooler temperatures that will last for days. Thursday will be a beautiful day, with partly to mostly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures, as humidity remains on the low side. Highs will […]

Trump to invite Putin for Washington meet

Trump to invite Putin for Washington meet

Washington: President Donald Trump has instructed his national security advisor to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington later this year, the White House said Thursday. “President Trump asked to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, three days after the Finland summit between the US and […]

Russian MPs approve pension reform amid protests

Russian MPs approve pension reform amid protests

Moscow: Russian lawmakers Thursday approved a hugely unpopular government plan to hike the pension age that has led to protests and a record slump in Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings. In a rare move, usually pliant Kremlin-friendly opposition parties — the Communists, the Liberal Democratic Party and A Just Russia — rejected the legislation to raise the pension age to 65 […]

Sharif aide says jail conditions ‘deplorable’

Sharif aide says jail conditions ‘deplorable’

Islamabad: Campaigning is intensifying ahead of the national elections in Pakistan despite election-related violence, and the spokesperson for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s party said Sharif was being held in deplorable conditions awaiting the outcome of his appeal on a 10-year prison sentence for corruption. Pervaiz Rashid, spokesperson for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, visited Sharif in prison on Thursday where […]

Who is Maria Butina?

Who is Maria Butina?

• Born in Barnaul, in Siberia, in 1989 to an engineer mother and entrepreneur father, Maria Butina was interested in politics from an early age and studied political science at Altu State University. • Her father and grandfather were hunters, and she founded a group called The Right to Bear Arms in 2012 to promote liberalisation of gun ownership laws […]