Happy War on Poverty Day Raleigh!
First, today's weather:
Plenty of sun, but cold. High: 41 Low: 24.
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Here are the top five stories today in Raleigh:
Several vigils were held across the Triangle marking the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. Many state lawmakers spoke regarding the importance of voting, and a Spring Lake 10 year old recited Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountain Top" speech. (CBS17) Protestors also rallied downtown in a demonstration calling for accountability from leaders who claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen. (WRAL)
The Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit was set to be updated Friday to be in line with CDC guidance. Dr. Betsey Tilson stated that they waited to update guidelines until CDC gave clarity on specifics of who will need to be quarantined so the state could be completely in line with their guidance. (abc11) The Wake County Public School System has already warned of severe bus driver shortages due to COVID-19 outbreaks. (abc11)
A Raleigh doctor who helped lead the COVID-19 response with the Durham County Health Department was indicted by a federal grand jury due to Medicare fraud. Dr. Anita Jackson operates ear, nose, and throat offices in rural areas and became the nation's top-paid provider of a special sinus-relief procedure. Federal prosecutors indicted Jackson on 20 counts related to the Medicare fraud scheme. (abc11)
A man died after a he was stabbed multiple times at a New Bern convenience store on Thursday night. Clifton McClam died at the hospital. The convenience store is the same location where a shooting occurred on December 16, and police are asking anyone with information on this stabbing to contact Raleigh CrimeStoppers. (CBS17)
The NC Licensing Board for General Contractors is going to be changing the way it deals with applicants. After questioning regulators regarding efforts to protect consumers, N.C. Senator Steve Jarvis authored a bill that was signed into law allowing the Licensing Board for General Contractors to conduct criminal background checks on applicants. This change has the potential to protect consumers after many were left with contractors taking payment and leaving work unfinished. (WBTV)
Today in Raleigh:
Mutts & Marshmallows 8K at WakeMed Soccer Park (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Soul Yoga at CAM Raleigh (9:30 am - 10:30 am)
DWP You Already Know: Pro Wrestling Event at Raleigh Convention Center (7:00 pm)
Rick's Cabaret Saturday Nights with ANIMAL (7:00 pm - 5:00 am)
Sangria Latin Dance Party at Umami Bistro (10:00 pm - 1:00 am)
From my notebook:
This War on Poverty Day, if you're struggling with homelessness or a housing crisis, RaleighNC.Gov has some resources that can help.
Unleashed of Cary is hosting their monthly adoption event today from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Dave and Buster's will reopen near the Cary Towne Center to the former Jumpstreet entertainment center location. (WRAL)
Bon Jovi has announced that his 2022 tour will come to Raleigh. (CBS17)
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Alrighty, you're all caught up for today. See you all tomorrow for another update!
— CJ Fullford