Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

VAN HORN, Texas — An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.

  • Residents help guide geese out of downtown Montana city

    MISSOULA, Mont. — It was no gaggle of geese, but two birds and a baby waddling through a downtown Montana city stopped traffic and brought out the shutterbugs.

  • Boston transit agency offers free rides because of snow woes

    BOSTON — Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city’s public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn’t mean much unless service improved going forward.

  • Loose moose munching on leaves in Idaho park gets captured

    BOISE, Idaho  — Wildlife officials have wrangled a moose that meandered through a park in Idaho’s largest city, the second sighting of the animal captured last year in Boise.

  • Police: Boy dies after father got drunk, left him in hot car

    PHOENIX — A father wept at a court hearing after police say he left his toddler son in a hot car during a day of heavy drinking and the boy later died.

  • Prosecutors: Suspects busted for stealing barrels of bourbon

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky authorities indicted nine people Tuesday on charges of spiriting away what one prosecutor called more bourbon whiskey than a person could drink in a lifetimeProsecutors say the scheme led by rogue distillery workers lasted for years and involved tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of whiskey but began to unravel when whiskey barrels were discovered behind a shed.

YMCA gears up for summer day camps

This summer, the Harrison Family YMCA’s day camp program is offering kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of summer break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging.

  • Gala presents 2015 Debu-ettes

    The Rocky Mount Debu-ette Club held its annual presentation gala April 19 at Benvenue Country Club.

  • Starr endows scholarship at N.C. State

    Doug Starr recently gathered with his family and friends in SAS Hall on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh to celebrate the establishment of the W. Douglas and Linda Starr Scholarship Endowment in the university’s College of Sciences.

  • Businessman boosts N.C. Wesleyan

    Rocky Mount businessman Dong Jin has honored members of his family by making two separate gifts to N.C. Wesleyan College.

  • Southern Nash Middle FFA makes first trip to state contest

    Southern Nash Middle School’s Future Farmers of America chapter recently traveled to Greensboro to compete in the FFA State Middle Grades Rally.

  • Nash UNC Health Care recognized for preventing falls

    The N.C. Hospital Association recently recognized hospitals demonstrating outstanding engagement and performance in the recently completed, three-year “Partnerships for Patients” initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Convicted felon arrested after threatening sibling

A convicted felon was arrested Thursday after he allegedly threatened his sister with a gun.

Event marks 150 years since largest Confederate surrender

Event marks 150 years since largest Confederate surrenderDURHAM — A state historical site in Durham is marking 150 years since the largest surrender of the Civil War, an event overshadowed by the earlier capitulation at Appomattox and President Lincoln’s assassination.

  • Man facing DWI charge after tractor-trailer crashes

    RALEIGH — A Stokes County man has been charged with DWI and commercial DWI after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed on state Highway 56 in Granville County.

  • McCrory to let bill become law addressing state panels

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory says a pending lawsuit over North Carolina executive and legislative powers is why he is letting a bill responding to current and past court rulings become law without his signature.

  • Lawmaker wants to stop trying all 16 year olds as adults

    CHARLOTTE — Supporters of a bill that would stop trying all 16 and 17 year olds in North Carolina as adults when they are charged with crimes hope adding an advisory committee to oversee the change will help get the bill passed.

  • Bill pulls back environment mandate on public funds, land

    RALEIGH — Leading North Carolina business lobbying groups are pushing to scale back a 1971 state law that requires government agencies to evaluate the potential results of spending public dollars or disturbing public lands on the environment.

  • NC event marks 150 years since largest Confederate surrender

    DURHAM — A state historical site in Durham is marking 150 years since the largest surrender of the Civil War, an event overshadowed by the earlier capitulation at Appomattox and President Lincoln’s assassination.

Howard homers again to lead Philadelphia past Braves, 5-4

PHILADELPHIA – For the Atlanta Braves, a road trip that could have helped turn them into NL East contenders has them headed home looking for relief.

Despite troubles, McDonald’s remains a powerhouse

NEW YORK – McDonald’s sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won’t end soon.

  • Despite troubles, McDonald’s remains a powerhouse

    Despite troubles, McDonald’s remains a powerhouseNEW YORK – McDonald’s sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won’t end soon.

  • Industries seek shell buildings

    Economic developers understand there are several factors industry leaders take into account when looking to relocate into a certain area.

  • Outlook brightens for grads

    WASHINGTON – The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring.

  • Report: Energy drilling sparks quakes

    LOS ANGELES – More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.

  • Existing home sales bounce back in March

    WASHINGTON – U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

Prom becomes platform for good deeds

NEW YORK – Proms traditionally have been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing.

Our Views

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

  • Loss of Volvo plant a legislative failure

    Political egos and partisan chest-thumping can sometimes offer amusing theater, but not when real jobs and regional economies hang in the balance.

  • McCrory thinks big on bond initiative

    When he served as mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory championed a campaign for light rail service in North Carolina’s largest city.

  • Legislators go back to the redrawing board

    Well, let’s revisit redistricting one more time.It’s a familiar subject to North Carolina legislators of all political stripes.

  • Edgecombe should speak up on split

    About the only elected leaders in the Twin Counties who haven’t aired a full debate on a proposal to split Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are Edgecombe County commissioners – the officials whose constituents would be the most directly affected by such a change.

  • State should leave local business fees alone

    The N.C. General Assembly’s ongoing effort to play city council is hitting municipalities across North Carolina once again – this time through the elimination of local business license fees.