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Randi Ayala

CBS 17

Raleigh, NC, United States

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Raleigh museum summer passport program offers fun learning program for summer vacation

This is the first year for the summer passport program and it runs through the end of August. Families can visit the art, history, or science museums in downtown Raleigh to collect a passport book. → Read More

‘Military Hall of Firsts’: Latest addition to NC history museum

Walking into the military exhibit inside the North Carolina history museum you’ll notice some new hardware hanging on the wall. It is the first ever “NC Military Hall of Firsts.” → Read More

Chapel Hill non-profit uses science to bring fun to hospitalized children

A non-profit in Chapel Hill is bringing fun, interactive science experiments straight to the beds of kids in the hospital. → Read More

Raleigh park dedicated for Levelle Moton

Those are humble words for a nationally recognized basketball coach who’s now giving back to his community every chance he gets. CBS 17’s Randi Ayala spoke with Levelle Moton earlier this year after the unveiling of his new mural. → Read More

Culture, representation at forefront of Chapel Hill’s first-ever Hip-Hop South Festival

The festival is taking a deeper dive into racial equity, social justice, and the southern culture, all through an artistic lens. → Read More

Raleigh disability advocate organization holding casino night fundraiser

Alliance of Disability Advocates is hosting a casino night fundraiser Thursday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bowstring Brewyard in Raleigh. → Read More

Raleigh personal trainer flies to Poland to help Ukrainians fleeing war

He said he read an article about huge waves of Ukrainians entering Poland there. He found other Americans on the ground and got to work. → Read More

UNC Professor back from Blue Origin Flight: “It was an out of body experience”

UNC professor Jim Kitchen is now back from his journey into outer space. The Blue Origin blasted off from Texas around 10 am. → Read More

DPAC named a top 10 theater in US; Durham arts community still struggling amid pandemic

“The Durham Arts Council has been doing surveys throughout the pandemic and so far, the recorded revenue losses are more than $20 million,” said Sherry DeVries, the executive director of the Durham Arts Council. → Read More

From Durham to Paris, André Leon Talley broke down barriers in the fashion industry

The Durham native graduated from Hillside High School and went on to graduate from N.C. Central, majoring in French. → Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster protects against omicron, drug maker says

Health officials in North Carolina say the state has not reported any cases of the omicron strain. → Read More

Ms. Wheelchair NC hoping to change insurance company policies for those in wheelchairs

"I'm paralyzed from the chest down and my hands are paralyzed. Basically, a piece of me died that day when I broke my neck so you have to readjust to life," said Ali Ingersoll. → Read More

Raleigh police to begin handing out Advance Auto Parts gift cards during traffic stops

The Raleigh Police Department and Advance Auto Parts are teaming up to make the roads safer. The goal is to issue fewer tickets and offer more assistance. → Read More

St. Augustine’s students to get a ‘wellness day’ on Wednesday; no classes or assignments

“You cannot ignore mental health…we want to do everything we can to make sure we’re taking care of our students,” said Dr. Josiah Sampson, provost and vice president of academic affairs. → Read More

Activists gather in Raleigh to call for ban on dangerous chemicals in food packaging

Seven states have banned PFAS from food packaging, and 18 major food companies like Wendy’s and Chipotle have announced they’ll stop using packaging with the chemicals. → Read More

Inter-Faith’s ‘Gardens for Everyone’ program helping locals grow their own food

"When you plant a seed yourself, care for it all the way up to harvest and enjoy it. There's just something a little bit more special about what you eat," said garden manager Marshall Dietrich. → Read More

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC expands garden to provide fresh produce for the community

There are at least 15 different crops spread over the entire garden. The newest additions are a pollinator garden and a greenhouse. → Read More

New Raleigh Convention Center menu highlights diversity in farming

Chef Phil Evans says the lack of diversity in farming pushed him to create more opportunities for female and BIPOC farmers. → Read More

‘Thank God they’re here for us’: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle serving hundreds of families weekly

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle serves hundreds of families every week through its mobile food markets, and the demand isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. → Read More

Raleigh street named after governor with ties to white supremacy gets a new name

The street was initially named after former North Carolina Gov. Charles Aycock, who was in favor of school segregation and involved in the Wilmington Massacre. → Read More