Now the agency has launched a Google map website at http://incidents.rwecc.com that enables the public to track current crashes and who's investigating them. ... [MORE]
Drivers one day might be asked to pay tolls on the northern 540 Outer Loop after all — but not, as some folks in southern Wake County propose, to help build the loop’s southern arc.
A new $13.4 billion long-range transportation plan for the Wake area, approved Wednesday evening, says toll collections are the most likely funding source for extra lanes that will be needed on 540 to reduce congestion levels expected a decade from now. (See story with comments.) ... [MORE]
Holly Hill Hospital held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to officially open 44 new beds at the private psychiatric facility. The first patients were admitted to the new wing January 19.
The addition, built in conjunction with Wake County Human Services, expands the capacity of Holly Hill to help pick up the slack expected when the state Department of Health and Human Services eventually closes Dorothea Dix Hospital.
The closure of Dix had been relayed repeatedly due to regulatory and construction problems with the new state hospital intended to replace it.
Wake County’s mental health crisis and assessment unit will now divert patients to Holly Hill that would previously have been sent to Dix. The county is contracted to cover the treatment costs of those without health insurance or Medicaid.
In the week since The N&O printed a front page story about Wake's EMS department buying five Dodge Chargers powered by 368 horse-power V8 engines as part of a program to get paramedics with advanced training to the scene of serious medical emergencies, there have been numerous sightings of the eye-catching muscle cars on local roads.
This one sped past N&O reporter Michael Biesecker, who wrote the story, on Capital Boulevard.
As a testament to the Charger's raw testosterone appeal, the reporter's 3-year-old son was given the option last week of chosing one Matchbox car as a reward for good behavior during a doctor's visit that required a shot. Of the hundreds of tiny toy cars on display at a Target store, what caught the little boy's eye?
A police package Charger, of course — the very same model picked by county officials.
Use this interactive graphic to explore how 2008 tax-rate changes have affected property vales in Wake County.
Looking for new bus routes and better regional transit service? Comment on Triangle Transit's Short-Range Transit plan Wednesday, and join a public forum on Wake County's transit future Thursday.
WakeUP Wake County, a nonprofit group that promotes discussion of growth and development issues, is sponsoring a free public forum Thursday evening on "Transit: Is Wake County Ready for It?" The event is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on Western Boulevard, Raleigh.
The Triangle Transit trustees will hold a public hearing on their Short-Range Transit Plan, to set priorities for the next five years, at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday. The hearing is at Triangle Transit headquarters, 68 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park.