A look at the NC lottery's money

North Carolina's lottery began operating in March 2006 and now has 6,800 retailers who  offer a variety of games and instant scratch-off tickets to customers.


Database: NC personal services contracts

For fiscal year 2013, $28.7 million was paid to about 460 contractors for work performed on a temporary or occasional basis for the state. Most personal services contracts are exempt from state procurement rules governing the purchase of goods and services.


Wake crime map

The News & Observer receives incident reports from Raleigh and Cary police containing information from every report filed by an officer in response to a service call.


Database: A look at high school championship teams

The News & Observer examined the correlation between high school sports championships and the percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunches and found schools with low rates won more titles in sports such as golf, tennis, swimming and volleyball.

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