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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Tennessee

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di...Read More

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PHOTO: The nearly 160,000 Tennesseans who receive tax credits to subsidize their health-care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace can continue to receive them. This after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the subsidies in a 6-3 decision in the case of King vs. Burwell. Photo credit: Mark Fisher/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Tennesseans who get subsidized health insurance through the federal online marketplace can continue to receive the associated tax credits, handing a victory to thousands of people statewide. While the decision is great news for the 156,0...Read More

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PHOTO: A new pilot program in Davidson County is designed to address underlying problems that can lead to juvenile delinquency and crime, and intervening during kids' earliest encounters with the juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Larry Farr/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One Tennessee county is overhauling the way kids are treated in its juvenile justice system, in the hopes their futures will yield better, more successful results. Davidson County is changing everything from what children wear when they're in custody, to the job titles and ...Read More

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Photo: The EPA announced the carbon emissions from aircraft should re regulated under the Clean Air Act. Photo credit: rikahi/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 5,000 airplanes are in Tennessee, and at this point their carbon emissions are unregulated by the federal government. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that greenhouse-gas emissions from airplanes should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. Vera P...Read More

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Photo: Seasonal affective disorder impacts a small percentage of people during the summer months, causing things such as loss of appetite and weight loss. Photo credit: anitapeppers/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While much has been made of Seasonal Affective Disorder and its impact on people in winter, a number of people also experience the problem in summer. Experts say the longer days and increasing heat and humidity can trigger the condition in someone prone to the disorder. While win...Read More

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Photo: Tennesseans paid off credit card debt in the first quarter of this year, but only after accruing significant debt at the end of last year. Photo credit: phototogo2/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans joined the rest of the country in paying off almost $35 billion in credit card debt in the first quarter of this year, according to a study released this week by the credit card comparison site CardHub. While the accomplishment may sound promising, Jill Gonzale...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessean Martin McGrath has cerebral palsy, and is working to raise awareness about the importance of in-home care for those who live with a disability but aren't suffering from a long-term medical problem or need extensive rehabilitation. Photo credit: Andrea Church/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Martin McGrath of Nashville has cerebral palsy. Unable to take care of himself, McGrath struggles to maintain his independence through in-home care. He is one of thousands of Tennesseans in need of home-based services, which can be difficult to secure because of funding and...Read More

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Photo: Fifty-two percent of Tennessee children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience during childhood, according to data released from the CDC. Photo credit: GaborfromHungary/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For children in Tennessee, childhood isn't all bedtime stories and playgrounds. The Volunteer State is one of five states recognized in a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the prevalence of what experts call an adverse ch...Read More

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