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    PNS Weekend Update - September 5, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring: same-sex couples finally marry in a Kentucky county; a link between military service and equality; and if life seems like a constant headache, you may want to take a look at where you live.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging drivers to make plans this Labor Day weekend, if celebrations include alcohol. Credit: dodgertonskillhause/

RALEIGH, N.C. – This Labor Day weekend, thousands of North Carolinians will imbibe a favorite alcoholic beverage while enjoying the long weekend with family and friends. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging people to make plans to make sure no one drives impaired, and to consider all the t...Read More

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A program that's had success in reducing the number of low-birthweight babies and increasing access to care could be impacted by state-led Medicaid reform. Credit: GaborfromHungary/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Of the babies born every year in North Carolina, the prenatal care and delivery of more than half of them are covered by Medicaid. It's not always easy for pregnant moms to navigate the Medicaid coverage system, and for more than four years, Community Care of North Carolina has been ...Read More

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It may be free, but public Wi-Fi can come with a price to a person's privacy and Internet security. Credit: Frank MacDonald/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – There can be a high price to pay for the ease of "free" Wi-Fi at your favorite coffee shop or hotel lobby. A new AARP Fraud Watch Network report warns con artists often set up fake networks in public places. Watchdog Sophia McAllister with AARP says hackers can easily steal pe...Read More

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The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/

RALEIGH, N.C. - As many North Carolina companies ask employees to do more with less in the post-recession era, many of those workers are not being compensated for working overtime. As it stands, salaried workers can be denied overtime if they make a little more than $23,000 a year. The threshold h...Read More

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A national report includes North Carolina's strengths and weaknesses compared with other states for women's issues. Credit: taylorschlades/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today is Women's Equality Day, and a new national survey ranks North Carolina near the top for one consideration that is important to women. The state is doing better than most when it comes to political empowerment, with more female elected lawmakers serving, compared with other st...Read More

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North Carolina lawmakers are considering a so-called TABOR amendment that would limit the state government's ability to raise taxes. Colorado has had such an amendment since 1992. Credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Colorado may be almost 1,500 miles from North Carolina, but Tar Heel State lawmakers are looking into a constitutional amendment already in place there. The North Carolina State Senate recently approved what is often referred to as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which wo...Read More

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North Carolina is still without a passed budget for the fiscal year. Credit: cohdra/

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers have missed the deadline to pass a budget by eight weeks. According to published reports, it costs the state an extra $42,000 for every day the Legislature meets and there is still no firm budget in place for the next fiscal year. Logan Smith, communicat...Read More

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North Carolina lawmakers are considering a plan that would privatize or close low-performing public schools. Credit: cynthia457/

RALEIGH, N.C. - A proposal that would privatize or close low-performing school systems in the state and take control away from local school districts is among the programs being considered by North Carolina lawmakers in the extended session. The low-performing school districts would be called Achie...Read More

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