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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - NC: Livable Wages/Working Families

About 44 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Student loan debt among North Carolina residents has ballooned in the past decade, according to the latest report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolinians' outstanding federal and private student loan debts increased by 286%, from $15.

The Think Babies North Carolina Initiative aims to boost health and developmental outcomes for the state's babies and toddlers. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina is making strides to support families with young children, according to two new policy assessments by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation that say there's plenty of room for improvement, especially when it comes to such basic needs as health care and a

Chemical production is the top manufacturing industry in North Carolina. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Manufacturing looks different in North Carolina today than it did in the past, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. In the second half of the 20th century, manufacturing expanded into the Southeast from the Midwest. A

Neighborhoods in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties are considered

RALEIGH, N.C. – Working parents in North Carolina are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of child care options for infants and toddlers. Of the state's 100 counties, 99 have areas where child care options are so scarce that parents are wait listed, have to rely on relatives and ne

Each year, more than 20,000 people are released from North Carolina prisons. Finding employment is often one of their biggest challenges. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislators are pushing for reforms to make it easier for people to expunge nonviolent criminal offenses from their records. Introduced by Sens. Warren Daniel of Avery and Danny Britt of Columbus, both Republicans, along with Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Democrat fr

A survey by AARP North Carolina found more than 90% of respondents rated their visit with an advanced-practice registered nurse as

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than 80% of family caregivers in North Carolina support legislation that would allow advanced-practice registered nurses to offer primary care without physician oversight, according to a new survey by AARP North Carolina. A bill known as the SAVE Act would lift state restrictio

A 2016 national study by The Pew Research Center found the majority of Americans support paid family leave. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would guarantee paid family and medical leave for all North Carolina workers. Only a small percentage of North Carolina's workers have paid family leave, and most people eligible for unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave

Statewide, 1-in-5 early-childhood educators is without health insurance, according to a new report. And in some rural North Carolina counties, those numbers may be even higher. (kinni72nni72/Twenty20)

WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- Early-childhood educators are finding themselves choosing between basic needs and health care. The median salary for child-care workers in North Carolina is not quite $21,000 - too high to qualify for Medicaid, but leaving many early-childhood educators in the gap. A new repor

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