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Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchor — ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline." Pitts, the network's chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @newsobserver: Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as NBC "Nightline" anchor

Analysts question McCrory's payout disclosure — Political analysts from both parties said they had concerns Wednesday about whether North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had been forthcoming about payments of more than $185,000 in cash and stock that he accepted from a Charlotte mortgage broker after he took office last year. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that McCrory and U.S.

Wake school leaders put little emphasis on long-pursued diversity goal — Read stories, articles and news on Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Wake County, Durham County, Orange County, Chatham County, Johnston County, Research Triangle and North Carolina crime, communities, education, environment, government, schools and more from The News & Observer and
Dec 17, 2014

Vaunted countywide Raleigh school district struggling to (find political will to) maintain socioeconomic balance.…

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.

Woodhouse brothers get surprise call from mom on C-SPAN — Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, who are polar opposites politically, found out what their mother wants for Christmas this year: a peaceful family gathering. The brothers were appearing on C-SPAN this morning when their mother Joyce Woodhouse, who still lives in Raleigh, took advantage of the call-in segment to make her wishes known.