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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 

    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Public News Service - Tennessee

Construction fatalities make up 20 percent of the workplace deaths nationwide. (J J/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - According to the most recent data available, 127 workers died in Tennessee in 2014. Today the Tennessee AFL-CIO is joining with labor groups across the state to recognize Workers' Memorial Day, to raise awareness of workplace fatalities and the need for safety improvements. Alys...Read More

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TNReady testing is delayed again in some school systems because some materials did not arrive to the schools on time for scheduled testing this week. (RyanMcGilchrist/

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time, school districts across Tennessee prepared to take state-mandated tests, only to find that the tests weren't ready. Earlier this year, the online tests - part of the TNReady program - weren't able to handle the volume. This week the paper tests meant to replac...Read More

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Improving access to community support for children and families of incarcerated parents can help lesson the lifelong impact of jail time on generations, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (kconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One in 10 children in Tennessee has had an incarcerated parent - equating to 144,000 children facing at least part of their childhood without them. That's according to a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Volunteer State is tied with five other states for ...Read More

Public News Service - TN

President Obama's Clean Power Plan is one policy that will be affected by the vacant seat left on the U.S. Supreme Court by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. (NASA/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Earth Day events are held throughout Tennessee today, residents concerned about the effects of climate change and passionate about clean energy are calling on the U.S. Senate to do its job. Specifically, they're asking Republican senators to move forward with hearings a...Read More

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Time to purge your financial documents in a safe way. ShredFest is coming to Tennessee next week, with AARP of Tennessee sponsoring free shredding events across the state. (ChrisGlass/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 17 million people -- including thousands of Tennesseans -- are victims of identity theft each year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The most common type of identity theft is the unauthorized use of credit and debit accounts. One of the best ways to protec...Read More

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The University of Tennessee is confronting allegations in a federal lawsuit the university's student culture enables sexual assaults by student athletes. (J Stephen Conn/

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Andrea Pino knows firsthand how devastating a sexual assault can be. She was raped by a fellow student at the University of North Carolina in 2012 and is co-author of a new book chronicling the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Earlier this year, six women filed a fed...Read More

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The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance recommends that you bring a friend or family member with you while making funeral arrangements for a loved one, and read all contracts carefully. (Jennifer/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee's State Funeral Board received 75 complaints in 2015 from consumers across the state. Actions varied from pre-planning funds not being deposited in the proper accounts to expired licenses. In light of that, the state's Department of Commerce and Insurance is re...Read More

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An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office alleges that Blackman High School's Booster Club was funneled money to coaches through unauthorized transactions. (GaborfromHungary/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Rutherford County high school booster club paid out almost $100,000 in gift cards and cash over a four-year period in numerous unauthorized transactions, according to an investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office. John Dunn, spokesman for the office, described what ...Read More

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