NC women's report finds improvements, challenges

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A report on how North Carolina women are faring says they're participating more in politics and are narrowing their income gap with men, but they still face obstacles to health care and benefits that would help them thrive in the workforce.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday the summary on the first "Status of Women in North Carolina" report in 16 years shows progress but persistent problems that keep women in poverty.

Perdue says many of the shortcomings found in the study are nationwide problems and not just in North Carolina. But she says North Carolina state government falls short when it hires temporary workers who don't get benefits because of budget cuts.

The report cost $90,000, with a third of the cost paid by the state.

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