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PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 


More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - NC: Livable Wages/Working Families

Child-care workers in the United States earn an average of $11 an hour, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Closures of day-care centers and schools have left parents who still have to work outside the home scrambling to arrange for child care. In North Carolina, officials say more than half the state's day-care centers have closed their doors. However, the state is supporting programs t

The North Carolina Council of Churches is comprised of 26 church judicatories from 18 denominations statewide. (Facebook)

RALEIGH, N.C. - One of the state's largest religious organizations celebrates its 85th anniversary this year and is turning its focus toward helping North Carolinians access affordable health care. The North Carolina Council of Churches' Executive Director Jennifer Copeland says this year the coun

Around 75% of mothers and 50% of fathers have passed up work opportunities, switched jobs or quit to care for their children, according to data from the NC Early Childhood Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More North Carolina employers are enacting family friendly workplace policies such as flexible schedules, paid parental leave and support for breastfeeding mothers. One 2018 study found nearly three in four North Carolinians said they would be more committed to their employer if m

The North Carolina Department of Commerce projects around 380,000 new jobs will be added to the state by 2026. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Unemployment rates decreased in 92 of North Carolina's 100 counties last November, according to data released this month by the state Department of Commerce. Overall, since November 2018, the number of employed North Carolina residents has increased by more than 120,000 people.

Nationwide, the teacher shortage is expected to worsen within the next five years, especially in subjects such as mathematics, science and special education, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers want to see their pay increase, and they are gathering in Raleigh today to demand lawmakers take action before the General Assembly adjourns this year. Mark Jewell is an elementary school teacher in Greensboro and president of the North Carolina Association

Some Durham workers hold paychecks owed to them for work they completed nearly one year ago. (Siembra NC)

DURHAM, N.C. -- A group of largely undocumented immigrant workers in the Triangle has successfully pressured a local employer to compensate the workers for unpaid wages. Workers'-rights advocates say the win highlights the state Department of Labor's unwillingness to investigate wage-theft claims in

North Carolina is the only state in the nation to rescind its state Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families. A new report suggests it's time to bring it back. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – One in eight North Carolina workers earns poverty-level wages, and a new report says a state Earned Income Tax Credit could help these families pay for food, childcare and housing. Eligible North Carolinians already receive an average of $2,500 a year in federal Earned Income

Many North Carolina farms rely heavily on migrant workers for the labor-intensive tobacco harvest. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Labor organizers says several North Carolina farms are blocking them from being able to speak and provide information to migrant workers. Justin Flores is vice president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, a union representing agricultural workers in the state. He says mo

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