Labor Day

Interstate 40 traffic
Dave DeWitt

More than 1 million North Carolinians are expected to hit the road for a final summer vacation over this Labor Day holiday weekend.  Low gas prices in North Carolina and surrounding states have made driving the most popular travel choice for vacationers.  

AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright says another trend they're seeing is people planning trips not far from home.

"For people in the Carolinas, Charlotte is always a big draw," Wright says. 

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.
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  The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

Keith Ludlum is the president of UFCW local 1208 and led the charge for unions in North Carolina slaughterhouses.
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In 2008, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC reached an agreement to end a 16-year fight for better worker conditions. 

Traffic jam
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As the summer begins to wind down, lots of folks will be hitting the road and getting in last trips to favorite water recreational areas this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be joining forces with officers from the state Wildlife Resources Commission to keep roadways and waterways safe.  First Sergeant Jeff Gordon from the state Highway Patrol says last Labor Day weekend 18 people lost their lives and more than 400 were injured on North Carolina roads.

AAA Carolinas expects more drivers on the road this holiday weekend despite damage from Hurricane Irene. The agency says about 870,000 motorists will be traveling in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend. That's about 1 percent more than this time last year. And AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says that includes areas with storm damage.

Hurricane Irene is gone but its effects linger on. The storm couldn't have come at a worse time for an area that relies on its tourism industry. Irene completely washed out a section of Highway 12 just north of Rodanthe. That means the only way to reach Hatteras Island as the important Labor Day Weekend approaches is by boat. Michael Gardener is manager of the Sea Side Inn in Hatteras Village.