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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Photo: Generation Z is the first "digitally native" generation, contributing its technology skills and baby boomer-like preferences to the workplace, according to the Robert Half Survey. Photo credit: mconnors/morguefile.com

Raleigh, NC - The first members of Generation Z - those born between 1990 and 1999 - are entering workplaces across North Carolina. A new study examines how that's impacting the workplace and what the generation that grew up only knowing a world with cell phones and social media is contributing to i...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report compiles research about Americans who began receiving Medicaid coverage and benefits as children, and found multiple, long-term benefits in adulthood. Photo credit: Cheryl Holt/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – More than one million North Carolina children benefit from Medicaid coverage, and as the nation's largest public health-insurance program turns 50 this week, a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds Medicaid has long-term benefits for c...Read More

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Photo: Organizers at the Second Annual Burning Can Festival in Brevard opted to turn their festival into a private party and refund 2,000 ticket holders in order to remain in compliance with the law. Photo courtesy: S. Carson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - With the addition of three national breweries and dozens more craft beer start-ups popping up every year North Carolina's beer industry is hopping and hot on their trail is the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency. At two recent festivals in Asheville, agents enforced w...Read More

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Photo: The constitutionality of North Carolina's school voucher program was upheld by the State Supreme Court on Thursday. Photo credit: alvimann/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - Public money can continue to be used for vouchers to pay for private schools, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The program was challenged by public-school advocates who argued it was unconstitutional and removes needed resources from public schools. Yevonne Brannon,...Read More

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PHOTO: North Carolina is pulling all branches of government together to find solutions to handling the state's population with mental illness and addiction issues. Photo credit: Penywise/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mental health advocates are calling the Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force announced by Governor Pat McCrory "unprecedented." The Task Force aims to bring together all three branches of government to work together on issues related to mental health and addiction. Jack...Read More

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Photo: NC4ME pairs employers with veterans and educates businesses on the benefits of hiring veterans. Photo credit: taliesin/morguefile.com

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - More than 372,000 working age veterans live in North Carolina, and after dedicating a part of their lives to the military, many of them have trouble finding employment, according to a new public-private endeavor in the state. North Carolina for Military Employment, or NC-4-ME, ...Read More

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Photo: Closing the health care coverage gap is expected to increase the health of North Carolina's working parents and their children, according to a new report. Photo credit: clarita/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. – Almost one in four North Carolina parents are uninsured – one of the highest rates in the country. A new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the advocacy group NC Child finds that many of those parents would benefit from clos...Read More

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PHOTO: President Obama is expected to discuss his plans for criminal-justice reform at a visit to Oklahoma's El Reno Federal Correctional Institution today. He'll be the first president to visit a prison while in office. Photo credit: Larry Farr/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison today. The move is part of a major push for criminal-justice reform, which began earlier this week when the president commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners serving time for nonviolent crime...Read More

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