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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Tennessee

PHOTO: A total of $55,000 is being distributed today to the five food banks in the state thanks to a project by AARP Tennessee and Walgreens. Photo credit: Billy Brown/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift being presented today will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table. The five Feeding America food banks in the state are each receiving a check for $11,000. With more than one million people in the state fac...Read More

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PHOTO: When the ABLE Act becomes law, people with disabilities will be able to save up to $100,000 to use for qualified expenses without losing their eligibility for government benefits. Photo credit: Rebecca Wilson/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill aimed at promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities now awaits the president's signature after winning approval by the U.S. Senate. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizi...Read More

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PHOTO: What's on your to-do list this Christmas? While the movies portray fun and meaningful family holiday gatherings, the reality for many is often hectic and stressful. Photo credit: Jason Meredith/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feeling...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, which will be the focus of a special session in the state's 2015 General Assembly. Photo credit: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a move that could help some 200,000 low-income workers in Tennessee obtain heath insurance, Governor Bill Haslam has announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the Volunteer State. According to Shelley Courington, advocacy director with AARP Tennessee, the proposal leverages fed...Read More

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IMAGE: With Tennessee's population of individuals with disabilities at 1 million and rising, churches in the state are ramping up efforts to ensure they're being inclusive to those people and their families. Image credit: Waiting for the Word/Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – At a time when family and friends often gather at places of worship to celebrate the holidays, Tennessee's faith community is taking a lead on ensuring inclusiveness for the state's individuals with disabilities. One common barrier is just being able to gain access physica...Read More

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PHOTO: Toy guns are the most often cited culprits when it comes to toys and childhood eye injuries in the U.S. Photo credit: Jamie Wallace/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As parents across Tennessee continue to pack the malls and stores, they're being reminded that some gifts for their kids that may bring joy could also bring pain. Each year in the United States, thousands of accidents each year involving children and toys result in eye injuries a...Read More

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PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: Peter Corbett/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. The best way to cut down on the garbage generated over this time and year-round is through what waste reduction advoca...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report on Tennessee's young children points to early intervention and increased high quality pre-K opportunities to make sure they arrive at school with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to learn. Photo credit: Pawel Loj/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state of the child in Tennessee could be stronger, and a new KIDS COUNT report says that will require a greater focus on those most important early years. Research shows the vast majority of a child's brain development comes by age five. Linda O'Neal, executive director with ...Read More

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