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    PNS Daily News - October 5, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; the fight continues in support of public lands; New York steps up bail reform efforts; and a Southern City examines an unconventional approach to the problem of homelessness.

Public News Service - Tennessee

Nashville city leaders are considering solutions to their homeless problem, recently complicated by the closure of an unofficial homeless encampment at a city park. Credit: W. Connelly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are more than 10,000 homeless people in Tennessee, and many live in the state's larger metropolitan areas such as Nashville. Recently, the city disbanded an unofficial homeless camp in a city park, but now leaders and members of the community are considering a unique...Read More

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Memphis is home to a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative designed to support the Annie E. Casey Foundation's vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop healthy and productive lives. Credit: larryfarr/

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis is one of dozens of cities across the nation with a new initiative that aims to keep young people out of the juvenile justice system by offering alternatives when they break the law. Nate Balis director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, sai...Read More

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The Tennessee Department of Health and the USDA are working together to distribute rabies vaccination packets for raccoons over the next couple of weeks in parts of Tennessee. Credit: ciconroy/

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - If you took a hike in the wilderness this weekend, you may have noticed little blocks or packets on the ground. Those are actually vaccine packets. The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute them to 20 counties to help ...Read More

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Advocates for women say inequities in pay between men and women hurt families and the economy. Credit: Matthew calgrin/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee women are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, and it won't get any better until 2059, if current conditions prevail, according to a report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Jessica Milli, the study director, says the median income for a woman ...Read More

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Pope Francis greets a crowd during a recent visit in Turin, Italy. Credit: Nico_Campo/iStockPhoto

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States is prompting action among Tennesseans to speak out in favor of the pontiff's support of immigrants. Faith communities across Tennessee will hold vigils today to celebrate the pope's arrival and his request that churches open their...Read More

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Supporters of Insure Tennessee say it will reduce the number of unnecessary emergency room visits by uninsured residents, but state politics have delayed its implementation. Credit: Kenn Kiser/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost 300,000 Tennesseans would have access to health coverage if Governor Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan is implemented – but not everyone is happy with the Republican governor's support for expanding coverage. Last week, the state Attorney General determined t...Read More

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More rural Tennessee communities are in line for broadband Internet access, with FCC funding focused on improving service to less-populated areas. Credit: ariadnerb/morguefile

NASHVILLE - Eighty-one thousand homes and businesses in Tennessee are on the list to get a broadband Internet connection. It's part of the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund that began three years ago. The goal is to make sure higher-speed Internet connections are available t...Read More

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission opted to cancel the cancer study of communities near U.S. nuclear facilities. Credit: public domain/wikimedia commons

ERWIN, Tenn. – The federal government is canceling a study of cancer risks near U.S. nuclear facilities, including Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in Erwin. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is citing concerns over the amount of resources the study would require and budget constraints, but...Read More

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