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A Winston-Salem man was charged with felonious cruelty to animals on Wednesday for allegedly allowing a dog to starve and die during the extremely cold weather the area experienced in early January. Hiram Renard Goins Jr., 29, of New Walkertown Road, was charged with the felony after he allegedly allowed a pit bull dog to Read More

Affordable Housing: Wake County wants more backyard cottages in Raleigh | News & Observer

RALEIGH Wake County leaders say backyard cottages and above-garage apartments are an easy first step to address an affordable housing shortage, but they’re struggling to get Raleigh on board. County commissioners passed a resolution last week urging all municipalities in Wake to allow accessory dwelling units, sometimes called “granny flats.” They say the units, which Read More