Hundreds line up for Las Vegas public viewing of B.B. King

LAS VEGAS — Marilyn and Tommy Burress knew when they heard blues legend B.B. King had died that they had to pay their final respects.“My father played with B.B. back in the early days,” said Tommy Burress, adding that his dad was a guitarist known as Willie B in juke joints in the 1930s.

  • Man in scuba gear gets warning after causing restaurant stir

    TRAVERSE CITY — Police say a belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a northern Michigan fast food restaurant.

  • Parole could end inmate’s effort to have sex change surgery

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers’ expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

  • Roaming Emu causes traffic jam in Atlanta

    DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

  • Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

    MARKSVILLE, La. — A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home.

  • Male cat nurtures abandoned kittens

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six abandoned kittens named after the kids in “The Brady Bunch” TV series are getting a nurturing boost from an unlikely source — a male cat with a slight neurological disorder.

Local student awarded research fellowship

Chelsea Crocker of Rocky Mount has been awarded the King Mackerel Tournament Fellowship for her undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

  • Fundraising efforts continue for Relay for Life

    Even though Nash County Relay for Life has come and gone, the fundraising efforts remain ongoing. Zaxby’s will host a Spirit Night from 5-8 p.m.

  • NARFE awards retiree, continues to support others

    Bobby Lewis, Gracie Couch and Gertie Lewis of Rocky Mount recently attended the 59th state convention of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in Hickory.

  • Miss Jabberwock 2015 crowned at Dunn Center

    Rocky Mount High School senior Germeshia Bynum was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 during the recent Jabberwock pageant presented by the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Delta Center for Life Development.

  • NCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

    Twenty-three spring 2015 and 27 fall 2014 inductees recently were welcomed into the Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.

  • City offices to close for holiday

    Rocky Mount municipal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Police seize stolen firearm from convicted felon

Rocky Mount police charged a Tarboro man Friday with possession of a stolen handgun.

House GOP’s budget proposal gets lots of Dem votes

RALEIGH — In the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a comprehensive state budget bill since before the Great Recession, North Carolina House Republicans have passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.

UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations

North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal.

Wal-Mart’s animal welfare push hailed as game changer

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

  • New restaurant to open in Spring Hope

    SPRING HOPE – Longtime businessman Memo Shehata didn’t see a dormant shopping center in the small town of Spring Hope as a problem but more of an opportunity to breath life into the area.

  • Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores

    NEW YORK — Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar.

  • Jobless rate on decline across area

    The Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce recently released unadjusted state workforce numbers that also include figures for the local area over a 12-month period in March.

  • Stocks hit record as rising oil boosts energy sector

    NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks.

  • Cheap oil prices hamper economic growth

    WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.

Outages reveal fragility of Internet

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – 
When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in February in the Arizona desert, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones.

Our Views

Telegram editorial writers weigh in on local, state and national issues.

  • It’s been a zany 33 years with Letterman

    It’s hard to imagine today a world before Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 Lists, but late-night television once was a domain of Johnny Carson, newsman Ted Koppel and little else.

  • More than 1 million likely to hit N.C. roads

    Going somewhere this Memorial Day holiday weekend? Better buckle up and pay attention – you certainly won’t be alone.

  • Closing tax center would be a blow to all

    Anyone who has tried to connect by phone with an actual person at the Internal Revenue Service knows the frustrations that come with complicated tax questions and an absentee government.

  • Hold Duke accountable for future policy

    The record $102 million punishment handed down last week to Duke Energy spoke volumes about the seriousness of the company’s failure to properly monitor coal ash dumps and prevent spills.

  • Historic partnership to seek AIDS cure

    Last week’s announcement that GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are forming a company that will seek a cure for AIDS certainly is historic and exciting news.