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Are we safe? New project examines North Carolina's fears and concerns


Throughout this year, journalists at The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) will examine the concept of safety and security in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina by looking beyond the traditional lens of crime. The papers are inviting readers to be part of this process.

In launching the project, the papers asked readers: "What keeps you up at night? We're listening, and we'll use your comments and input to report on real risks, hold leaders and politicians accountable – and explore how we can become our own best watchdogs."

Here's how it works

Readers are invited to share their questions and concerns with the papers in a form at this link: (scroll to end of story). They also were asked to include their name and the best way to be reached. When the papers tackle their question, the staff will contact the person who submitted the question/concern, keep them updated, and even see if there's a way they can be involved in exploring the answers.

See a recent poll, conducted by Elon University researchers, on the top issues and concerns of North Carolinians at

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