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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 


    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

Public News Service - Tennessee

PHOTO: A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world. Photo credit: Karyn Christner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Concerns are being raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems. The study found no association between salt intake and risk of heart failure or mortality among the e...Read More

Public News Service - TN

IMAGE: Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. Photo credit: Steve Johnson/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - People and organizations around the state and country are marking the fifth anniversary today of a controversial decision on political spending by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling under Citizens United removed limits on campaign spending by organizations independent from the can...Read More

Public News Service - TN

PHOTO: Today is the first day taxpayers can file electronically, and also the first day for IRS processing of paper returns. The agency says it's crucial to be wise in choosing a tax preparer. Photo credit: Lending Memo/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins processing tax returns Tuesday, the agency offers a word of caution for those across the Volunteer State who will seek help from a paid professional. IRS spokesman Mark Hanson says most preparers are knowledgeable and trustworthy, but ...Read More

Public News Service - TN

IMAGE: Homeowners across Tennessee are being urged to take action this month by testing for radon. Image credit: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It really is a matter of out of sight, out of mind, but radon is a deadly danger in many homes across the state, and the message on the importance of testing is clear. Jan Compton, manager of the Office of Sustainable Practices with the Tennessee Department of Environment ...Read More

Public News Service - TN

PHOTO: Time is running out for Tennessee farmers and ranchers to voice their concerns on how the Conservation Stewardship Program is set to operate for the next five years. Photo credit: Noel Pennington/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It's an opportunity that only comes along once every five years, so as the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) nears an end, Tennessee farmers and ranchers are being urged to make their voices heard. The program offers payments for actively ...Read More

Public News Service - TN

PHOTO: Education will be a priority topic for the 2015 Tennessee legislature, which gavels into session Tuesday. Photo credit: Matt Turner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 109th session of Tennessee's General Assembly begins today with education high on the agenda, including possible changes to the controversial educational standards known as Common Core. Governor Bill Haslam has called for a review of Common Core after some lawmakers argued th...Read More

Public News Service - TN

IMAGE: Financial advisers say now is the time to start planning and getting organized, so you're not caught in a pinch at the April 15 income tax-filing deadline. Graphic credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is still more than three months away, but Tennesseans are being urged to spend a little time now to get ready for the upcoming income tax-filing season. Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, says by locating and organizing all your important tax docu...Read More

Public News Service - TN

PHOTO: The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy is one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects and childhood disabilities. Photo credit: Meagan/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is completely preventable, but there will be some 40-thousand babies born in the U.S. this year, including hundreds in Tennessee, diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Frederick Palmer, professor of pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cent...Read More

Public News Service - TN

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