Ken Smith, WRAL NEWS in NC

Ken Smith


Raleigh, NC, United States

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Past articles by Ken:

City of Raleigh prepares for potential flooding, power outages

The Triangle is under a tropical storm warning and level 1 risk for severe storms, including a medium risk of power outages. Raleigh city officials have crews to do their part to minimize hazards around construction sites and new developments. → Read More

School shootings have increased by over 800% in past decade

A new federal report shows 93 school shootings during the last school year, increasing from 11 a decade ago. → Read More

Children of Andrew Brown Jr. to get $1.7M as part of $3M settlement

Recent developments in the Andrew Brown Jr. civil lawsuit shine a light on just how much of the $3 million settlement the family is actually getting and how much is going toward attorney fees. → Read More

St. Aug's restoring a bit of Black history in St. Agnes hospital site

With the help of a federal grant, St. Augustine's University wants to restore what's left of a piece of hidden history. → Read More

Restoring the ruins: Could St. Agnes become a hospital once again?

With the help of a federal grant, St. Augustine's University wants to restore what's left of a piece of hidden history. → Read More

Alabama couple finalists in American Song Contest, airing Monday night

The 10 finalists in NBC's American Song Contest will take the stage Monday night. → Read More

Spike in violent crime, weapons on Glenwood South concerns Raleigh police chief

Crime on Glenwood South has seen a dramatic increase in the past couple of years -- particularly in violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault and concealed weapon violations. → Read More

Doc follows passion to find success at Duke Human Vaccine Institute

The director of research at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Dr. Kevin Saunders, credits his mother, a registered nurse, and high school teachers who nurtured a passion for science and biology. → Read More

Mendenhall Homeplace in Jamestown has false-bottom wagon used in Underground Railroad

Parked in the barn of an 1811 Quaker homestead, an old wagon might just look like any other historic artifact from the 1800s. But one of these old wagons has a secret hidden within. → Read More

Durham jazz vocalist uses music to connect with late husband through time, pain

"Everyday that I live and I'm doing something positive is Black History Day," Durham jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon told WRAL News. → Read More

NC native, astronaut Tom Marshburn thrilled to share third trip to outer space

Tom Marshburn launched to the International Space Station on Nov. 10 as part of NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission for a six-month duration. The mission marks his third spaceflight and he is the sixth person to launch from Earth on three different spacecraft. → Read More

Did you see it? Fireball lights up Carolina skies

As many stepped outside Wednesday night to catch a glimpse of four astronauts heading to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX rocket, they got another surprise: a football-sized space rock disintegrating into a fireball over Edgecombe County, visible along the East Coast. → Read More

Frightened campers trapped on Hatteras Island as flooding, winds close highway

It's been a scary scene in parts of the Outer Banks these past few days. Extreme high tides and flooding shut down transportation, trapping a number of campers who were on Hatteras Island. → Read More

DOT to expand drone usage for deliveries during pandemic

The state Department of Transportation has agreed to allow firms to use drones to deliver medical supplies and food during the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

'You need to come through with it:' Father said Trump offered $25,000 after soldier's death

A Gold Star family from Zebulon is speaking out about their interaction with President Donald Trump after their son's death in Afghanistan and a monetary offer they said they never received. → Read More

'I'm a miracle:' NSCU grad injured in Las Vegas recounts night of shooting

North Carolina State University graduate Jenna DeCandio was one of more than 500 injured late Sunday when a gunman opened fire on the festival, killing 58 people at he Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on October . → Read More

Raleigh mayor's race likely headed to runoff

Mayor Nancy McFarlane wasn't able to capture a majority of votes Tuesday in her bid for a fourth term leading Raleigh, meaning she will face her first runoff. → Read More

Durham residents concerned over multiple robberies linked to 'letgo' app

There are a growing number of apps that offer buying and selling options similar to Craigslist, but one such app is linked to a recent robbery spree in Durham. → Read More

Raleigh reverend: 'We have to take action to stop the violence' after Vegas shooting

Faith had no boundaries at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday night as Christians, Muslims, members of the Jewish faith and others all joined together to grieve and remember the Las Vegas shooting victims. → Read More

Raleigh man worried about lack of supplies, communication in native Puerto Rico

A Triangle family with relatives in Puerto Rico is worried about conditions on the island. → Read More