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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 

    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Public News Service - North Carolina

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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PHOTO: 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. Photo 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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Photo: North Carolina is still without a passed budget for the fiscal year. Photo 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. Photo 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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Legislation proposed in North Carolina would offer driver's permits to undocumented residents. Supporters say it would reduce insurance premiums and make the state's roads safer. Photo credit: jade/

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina could begin offering driver's permits to undocumented residents, if legislation (HB 328) introduced this spring is passed. While some oppose offering permits to people in the state without proper immigration documents, Dave Phillips, spokesperson with State Farm Insu...Read More

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Photo: Experts recommend easing your children back into a routine of sleep and regular meals before school starts. Photo credit: KellyP42/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Families across North Carolina are caught up in the frenzy of last minute school shopping and end of summer fun but experts say they should also start easing back into a routine. Dr. Donald Bucklin, medical director with U.S. Healthworks, says it's best to avoid an abrupt change i...Read More

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PHOTO: Research from UNC finds that African-American children have more success in early literacy classes when they're encouraged to share oral narratives in the classroom. Photo credit: Joni Miltenburg/Morguefile.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – According to new research from the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, teachers should do more listening and less talking, particularly when it comes to encouraging literacy in African-American students. The study looked at more ...Read More

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