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    PNS Daily Newscast -Friday, February 5th,2016.0 

    Here's what we're covering today: The democratic presidential candidates faced off in a debate in New Hampshire, President Obama is planning to reveal a ten dollar a barrel oil tax, and today is Go Red for Women.

Public News Service - Tennessee

Experts say there is plenty of free help available for students and parents as they apply for federal financial aid for college. (Larry Miller/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Applying for college can be daunting enough. Add to that the pressures of finding the financial aid available and many students and parents can feel overwhelmed. Experts say those feelings are what scammers and unscrupulous businesses are preying on during this time of year. The...Read More

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At least one political analyst believes the 2016 presidential election will affect the futures of both major political parties in the U.S. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's all hands on deck as presidential candidates migrate to New Hampshire for next week's primary. Ted Cruz emerged as the GOP winner in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night, and Democrat Hillary Clinton eked out a slight victory over Bernie Sanders. It's a "pivotal election," s...Read More

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The AARP Tax Aide Foundation is offering free tax help at 62 sites across Tennessee starting today. (eFile989/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting today, free help is available for Tennesseans to file their federal and state tax returns. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has sites across the state staffed with IRS certified tax preparers to provide assistance with tax returns. The service is available t...Read More

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Smokers in Tennessee spend an average of $93,000 over their lifetime on their habit, which is less than in many other states. (placardmonceur/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The average smoker in Tennessee will spend $93,000 dollars on his or her habit over a lifetime, according to new data from the personal-finance website WalletHub. Lifetime health-care costs are even higher, at $113,000, and tobacco-addiction specialist Donna Borowski said finding...Read More

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There is a bi-partisan bill expected to be introduced to the full U.S. Senate that would offer improvements to school lunches and breakfasts. (anitapeppers/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Washington is closed for business this week as the nation's capital digs out from a record-setting snowstorm. But before lawmakers got snowed in, members of the U.S. Senate released a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize child nutrition programs, including the national school lu...Read More

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Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would attempt to void same sex marriages in the state, and risk losing $8 billion in federal funds for programs for people in need. (mensatic/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A state House panel essentially killed a bill that would have attempted to void same sex marriages in Tennessee despite the Supreme Court decision that legalized the practice nationwide. While the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act won't make it to the floor for a vote...Read More

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Texting and other smartphone use that interrupts a parent's care could have long-term consequences for the child. (fidlerjan/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Doing a quick check of email or texts on your smartphone while you're with your children could have a long-term impact on them. New research at University of California looking at the impact of fragmented care on brain development found that frequent interruptions to the b...Read More

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends changes to federal policies that could make it easier for families to save, and help correct racial disparities in their ability to save. (finance/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Squirreling away savings isn't easy for many Tennessee families. From 2010 to 2013, according to a policy brief released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the net worth of white families increased by 2 percent, while Latino and black families saw their assets fall by 15 per...Read More

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