Matt Talhelm, WRAL NEWS in NC

Matt Talhelm


Raleigh, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

Local school districts set aside 'mental health' days for students, teachers

Several school districts in central North Carolina are setting aside time for students and teachers to take a "mental health" break. → Read More

With hospitality jobs hard to fill, some restaurants add tuition assistance incentive

Part-time jobs like waiting tables or working as a cashier used to help people save for college. Now, a growing number of businesses are chipping in for college to help attract more workers. → Read More

Amber Alert issued for 2-year-old believed to be with Clayton woman wanted for murder

The Clayton Police Department is searching for 31-year-old Camille Nechelle Singleton after her family member was found dead inside a home Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Parents shelling out cash to add COVID-19 safety in classrooms while millions in federal funds are unspent

Parents across Wake County Public Schools are paying out of their own pockets to have a little added peace of mind when it comes to COVID-19 safety in their children's classrooms. They're doing this while hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding meant for pandemic relief in schools is unspent. → Read More

Wait times over an hour at COVID testing sites have Wake working to extend hours

Long lines formed Monday at COVID-19 testing sites in Raleigh as cases spike throughout the state and nationwide. → Read More

Owner of zebra cobra pleads guilty to 1 charge, turning over $35,000 worth of snakes

Gifford was charged earlier this year with 40 counts that included owning venomous reptiles, failing to notify police that the zebra cobra escaped and not properly labeling some cages. → Read More

Owner of zebra cobra pleads guilty to not reporting its escape, turns over $35,000 worth of snakes

The man whose venomous zebra cobra was spotted on the loose earlier this year pleaded guilty Friday to violating state regulations related to owning a venomous reptile. → Read More

Owning monkeys, snakes, squirrels and other wild animals could be prohibited under proposed Raleigh ordinance

Raleigh City Councilors are reviewing a first draft of a proposed ordinance to ban wild and exotic animals as household pets. → Read More

Raleigh rent has risen by more than 20% over 4 years, pushing families out of the city

The demand for rental housing is driving up prices across the Triangle, and families are worried that they'll be priced out and put on the streets. → Read More

Orange, Wake and Durham are most vaccinated counties; Hoke and Harnett among lowest

North Carolina's counties have a huge discrepancy in numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated residents. The percentage of people with at least one dose in the most vaccinated county is more than double the least vaccinated county. → Read More

Triangle faces serious shortage of supply in hot housing market

The Triangle's hot housing market is holding strong against a national cooling off. But that's making it hard for some people to buy a home in the Triangle. → Read More

Search and removal for bear, venomous snake cost Raleigh PD $10,000

The Raleigh Police Department spent more than $10,000 in personnel costs, gas and supplies to resolve to recent wildlife situations in the city. → Read More

Wake residents have options

The House Wake program, which covers rent and utility payments for people in Wake County who are struggling financially due to COVID-19, is preparing for a surge of applicants as the eviction moratorium comes to an end July 31. → Read More

'Unfathomably irresponsible': Reptile experts blast TikTok famous snake owner

The TikTok famous snake owner whose deadly zebra cobra escaped is facing criticism from the reptile community. → Read More

Glue trap seals days-long search for venomous cobra in north Raleigh

After hours of consultation and preparation by law enforcement and animal control officers, it was a glue trap that ultimately snared a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, ending a nearly 48-hour saga that garnered attention from across North Carolina. → Read More

Striped snake caught on camera in north Raleigh neighborhood; animal control on scene

The zebra cobra was last seen on Sandringham Drive in northwest Raleigh, according to a warning issued by police Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. → Read More

Snake sighting: Zebra cobra found on neighborhood porch as animal control prepares to attempt capture

The zebra cobra was last seen on Sandringham Drive in northwest Raleigh, according to a warning issued by police Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. → Read More

Dismembered body found in Goldsboro was young, white, female

Goldsboro police said Thursday that the body found earlier this week is that of a young, white female. → Read More

Charlottesville police address recent shootings in the city

The Charlottesville Police Department is addressing recent shootings in the city. → Read More

COVID-19 reveals lessons learned and lost from deadly 1918 flu pandemic in central Va.

Another deadly pandemic reached central Virginia 102 years ago this fall. The virus that became known as the “Spanish flu” forced schools and churches to close and overwhelmed Charlottesville’s largest hospital in 1918. It shares remarkable similarities and differences to the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More