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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - NC: Civil Rights

Gov. Roy Cooper's office has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene in the placement of the amendments on the November ballot. (Shutterstock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Just what North Carolina's ballots will look like in November remains in question after the state's Supreme Court issued a stay in a case challenging the constitutional amendments put forward by the General Assembly. The case was brought by the North Carolina NAACP and is cu

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide North Carolina's gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause, and ordered further review by the lower court. (alphabunny_photos/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina continues to litigate the voting district lines drawn following the 2010 Census, and citizen groups want to put an end to the tightrope walk over redistricting once and for all. The League of Women Voters has studied recent legislation to prevent gerrymandering

The future of four North Carolina death-row inmates will be determined by a pending ruling by the state Supreme Court. (miss_millions/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's Racial Justice Act was taken off the books five years ago when it was overturned by the state Assembly. That called into question the destiny of four inmates who already had successfully argued that race was a factor in their sentencing. Their cases now are bef

The ERA NC Alliance recently gathered in Raleigh for an advocacy day to urge lawmakers to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. (ERA NC Aliiance)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is poised to make history. Thirty-seven states — most recently Illinois — have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, which has been more than 40 years in the making. There is a renewed push to call on state lawmakers to ratify the ERA, which many thi

North Carolinians are concerned about the possibility of hacking in future elections, a problem that would not be addressed by a constitutional amendment requiring a photo identification at the polls. (Twenty20)

RALEIGH, N.C. — After a failed attempt to require that North Carolina voters provide a photo ID when casting a ballot in recent years, lawmakers are now trying to make it a requirement in the state Constitution. Plans for legislation to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot w

Voting advocates remind people they do not need a photo ID to cast their ballot since the Supreme Court struck down that state law last year. (Twenty20)

RALEIGH, N.C. – If you haven't noticed by the number of yard signs poking out of the ground in your neighborhood, Tuesday is North Carolina's primary election day. Depending on your county, it will determine candidates for congressional seats in the November midterm election, as well as loca

The billboard placed on I-85/I-40 near Mebane will be up for a month, and its sponsors say it has already been the subject of intense attention. (NC Council of Churches)

MEBANE, N.C. – Days before it was even up on I-85 and I-40, a billboard sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches began receiving national attention. The coalition of 18 denominations commissioned the billboard displaying the Second Commandment – "You shall not make for yoursel

The North Carolina prison system will no longer shackle pregnant women who go into labor behind bars. (Yada Liao/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - When a woman in prison in North Carolina goes into labor, she will no longer have to be shackled. It's a policy shift that comes after advocacy groups voiced concerns about what they called an inhumane practice that endangers the safety of both mother and baby. While women's and civ

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