The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph. The weather service says the tornado's path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.
The trough of low pressure that kept showers steady Monday had weakened and drifted to the north and east Tuesday, dumping on the Roanoke Rapids area.
There is no property tax increase in the budget proposal submitted Tuesday to Raleigh City Council by City Manager J. Russell Allen.
Prosecutors making closing arguments Tuesday in their case against a Fayetteville man accusing of raping and killing a 5-year-old girl called on the jury to convict based on "strong circumstantial evidence" against the defendant.
Jamie Lloyd Ayers, 42, has taught physical education and coached on the girls softball and football staffs at Wakefield High School in Raleigh.
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