WRAL Daily Download

WRAL Daily Download

The WRAL Daily Download is an in-depth conversation about a single news story. WRAL covers news across North Carolina every day, but this podcast focuses on one story at a time, bringing context to each conversation. The in-depth, localized podcast takes you into the latest stories from Raleigh, Durham, and the entire Triangle region on North Carolina. This is community news aimed at keeping you informed about the more subtle stories that are happening around you. Hosted by WRAL News journalists, episodes post weekdays by 4:30am.

Episodes

November 28, 2022 15 min

North Carolina elected an evenly split congressional delegation this month, sending seven Democrats and seven Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives. That balance is expected to change after state legislators draw new congressional voting districts. WRAL State Government Reporter Bryan Anderson explains which districts could flip in favor of Republicans in the 2024 elections.

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On the WRAL Daily Download this week, a special podcast companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary "Durham Under Fire." In this final episode, WRAL Investigative Documentary Reporter Cristin Severance talks with Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal, Council Member Mark-Anthony Middleton, District Attorney Satana Deberry, and former sheriff Mike Andrews. They explore the impact gun violence in a city that is described as both “ascend...

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November 24, 2022 32 min

On the WRAL Daily Download this week, a special podcast companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary "Durham Under Fire." As Durham grapples with increased gun violence, WRAL Investigative Reporter and Documentary Producer Cristin Severance rides along on patrol with two Durham police officers who grew up there. With candor, they describe how shootings in Durham have impacted them personally, why they’re so committed to thei...

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November 23, 2022 22 min

On the WRAL Daily Download this week, we introduce a special podcast companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary "Durham Under Fire." Last spring, WRAL Investigative Reporter and Documentary Producer Cristin Severance rode along in a patrol car with Durham, NC’s Chief of Police Patrice Andrews. While discussing the immense pressures facing the Durham Police Department, a “shots fired” report comes over the patrol car radio....

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This has been so hard for our community to process. An event which is supposed to be joyful ends in horror. A pickup truck pulling one of the floats apparently had a brake failure and accidentally plowed into a group of dancers in front of him. In this episode, anchor Chris Lovingood interviews reporter Amanda Lamb who was at the parade and covered the story for WRAL.

Correction (11/22/22): In this episode, we mistakenly referred t...

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November 21, 2022 16 min

Every year, WRAL’s weather team predicts the winter weather ahead. This year it looks like a warmer-than-normal winter with below average snow. But how do they know that? WRAL Meteorologist Kat Campbell joins us to break down the science of predicting the weather.

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November 18, 2022 15 min

Just this week alone three student athletes, football players, were shot and killed and two other people were injured at the University of Virginia. And here in North Carolina, a young woman was killed, and five others were injured after a shooting at an outdoor party in Enfield. WRAL Reporter Keenan Willard is digging into what happened and learning more about a series of large parties in Eastern North Carolina that have led to vi...

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November 17, 2022 14 min

Bentley Stancil left home Tuesday morning. The nine-year-old ditched his backpack and ran into the woods. Over the course of 24 hours an intense search led investigators to Bentley. Detectives found the boy outside a camper in a wooded area in Wendell, NC. WRAL’S Brett Knese talked with Bentley’s father shortly after the father and son reunited. Knese shares moments from that conversation.

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WRAL’s Cullen Browder has followed this tragic case since 7-year-old Weston Androw of Ohio died in July 2021 after being stuck in between the inner and outer doors of the elevator in their rental home in Corolla. They helped get Weston’s Law passed which requires inspections of elevators in rentals as well as elevator space guards. In this episode, Cullen walks us through the family’s journey from grief to action.

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November 15, 2022 16 min

Federal investigators say a Durham mom was sending drugs to federal prisons in California and other states by soaking fake legal documents in synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or “spice.” They say her son took orders from behind bars. Hear more from WRAL Sarah Krueger about this unusual story and the routine habit reporters use to find stories like it.

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North Carolinians voted to shift the balance of power in the North Carolina Supreme Court to a Republican majority — a pivot that could have major ramifications for abortion restrictions, how future elections are conducted and which party’s congressional candidates will be sent to Washington. WRAL Reporter Brian Murphy discusses the implications for the GOP and the state.

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November 11, 2022 18 min

Fixing damaged property after a storm is painful, and expensive. The Triangle is no stranger to the impacts from hurricanes, tropical depressions, and tornados. The severe weather often leaves a destructive and expensive trail. In this WRAL Daily Download Julian Grace talks with 5 On Your Side Reporter Keely Arthur on important steps to take immediately after a storm in North Carolina. The discussion will help you avoid some common...

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The North Carolina Republican Party gained power in the General Assembly and on the state Supreme Court. The GOP also held a key U.S. Senate seat. State Democrats, meanwhile, picked up key seats in the U.S. Congress — sending an evenly-split congressional delegation to Washington. WRAL State Government Reporter Travis Fain breaks it all down.

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November 9, 2022 15 min

The early signing period for all sports, except football, begins Wednesday. Players from North Carolina high schools will be signing to play at colleges across the country. We discuss it with HighSchoolOT's Joel Bryant.​

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“Election integrity” is the buzz phrase for 2020 election deniers who are watching the voting process closely this year, but in North Carolina an awful lot goes into protecting that integrity. WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has been reporting for weeks on NC election security, and she joins the Daily Download to break it down.

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North Carolina Democrats are positioned to boost their party’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the gains under a newly enacted voting map could be short-lived. WRAL State Government Reporter Bryan Anderson breaks down the key races to watch on Election Day—including two high-profile local battles.

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In this episode of the WRAL Daily Download, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze talks about some of the biggest hurricanes to impact North Carolina. Maze has covered hurricanes in North Carolina for more than 20 years, in this discussion Maze shares how forecasting the hurricane has changed over the years. He also shares some of the biggest misconceptions people have about tropical cyclones.

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November 3, 2022 16 min

The 15-year-old suspect who is accused of killing five people in Raleigh including his brother has survived and will face the criminal justice system. The victims are being laid to rest. As the community mourns and begins the healing process, there are still so many questions about why this happened. WRAL’s Joe Fisher has been covering the tragedy and shares his insights with us.​

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After three student deaths by suicide this semester, the chancellor of North Carolina State University is taking a pause to help students cope with mounting pressure. The university is holding a “Wellness Day” on Thursday to give students a break from tests and assignments. WRAL reporter Aaron Thomas speaks with us about his coverage of this issue.​

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Climate change isn’t coming, it’s here, and people on North Carolina’s coast, and along its eastern rivers, face hard choices as homes flood repeatedly and infrastructure groans under the weight of encroaching waters. WRAL Climate Change reporter Liz McLaughlin joins us to discuss the already seen impacts, and the changes yet to come.

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