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PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th...Read More

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PHOTO: There are 1 million individuals with disabilities in Tennessee, and one of their biggest struggles is finding housing that is both affordable and accessible. Photo credit: David Antis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Finding affordable housing is a struggle for many across Tennessee, but for people with disabilities the barriers are even higher, and a forum Friday looks to make some inroads on the issue. According to Emily Hoskins, independent living specialist at the Center for Independent ...Read More

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PHOTO: It's taken four years, but legislation that would protect some 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest now is headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate. Photo credit: Chris M. Morris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Years in the making, an effort to help protect some of the state's most pristine areas finally is moving forward in Congress. First introduced in 2010, the Tennessee Wilderness Act is headed for the Senate floor after passing through committee Tuesday. Among those applauding the...Read More

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PHOTO: Ohio State University researcher Courtney D. Lynch says stress reduction techniques could be beneficial for women trying to conceive. Photo credit: Ohio State University.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 6 percent of married women struggle with infertility, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and for the first time, researchers have data that links stress to a woman's inability to become pregnant. The study from Ohio State Universi...Read More

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PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Bill Haslam cites a revenue shortfall in Tennessee as his reason for reversing course and eliminating planned salary hikes for teachers and other state workers. Photo credit: Gov. Haslam's office.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pressure continues to mount across Tennessee for Gov. Bill Haslam to follow through on his proposal to raise teacher salaries in the state. Last fall, Haslam said he wanted to boost teacher pay, and his initial budget included a small hike across the board. Now, however, the gove...Read More

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PHOTO: A new scorecard on the progress of children in Tennessee shows the need to create more opportunity for kids of color as the state becomes more diverse. Photo credit: USDA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the state continues to grow more diverse, a new report shows more efforts are needed to make sure all Tennessee children are positioned to thrive. The analysis shows greater barriers for children of color, but Linda O'Neal, executive director, Tennessee Commission on Children a...Read More

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PHOTO: The Tennessee Department of Health has partnered with the March of Dimes, the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, and the Tennessee Hospital Association to lower the number of babies born before 39 weeks. Photo credit: "Vanessa P."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Every single day can make a difference in the healthy development of a baby, so a new campaign is telling mothers across Tennessee to wait until labor begins on its own. Christian Emmert is a mother of two and a leader with Attachment Parenting International. She said a lot of imp...Read More

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