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PHOTO: Tennessee's poverty rate fell slightly from 2012 to 2013 to 17.8 percent, but that is still among the highest figures in the country. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting the poverty rate in Tennessee was 17.8 percent last year, down a tenth of a percent from 2012. Despite the slight improvement, that still leaves more than 1.1 million people in the state below the poverty line, says Linda O'Neal, executive dire...Read More

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PHOTO: New research shows states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a surge in the number of parents with health insurance, compared to little change in uninsured rates in states like Tennessee that have not opted for expansion. Photo credit: Images Money/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When it comes to parents who have health insurance, there is a growing gap among the states – with a stark difference in coverage trends between those that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not. A new report finds that states with expanded Medicaid coverage ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or V...Read More

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PHOTO: A vote is expected today on the floor of the U.S. Senate on a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states control over political campaign spending limits. Photo credit: Lucidology/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A vote is expected today on the floor of the U.S. Senate on a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control over political campaign spending. Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way, says Senate Joint Resolution 19 is...Read More

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PHOTO: New research finds that most temporary workers from Mexico who get work visas are no better off than those who are undocumented. Photo credit: Bread for the World/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there's a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Tennessee and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that t...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office reports the pieces are now being put in place for a comprehensive review of aging services in state government. Photo credit: Carlton Browne/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are underway in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future. The Governor's Task Force on Aging has already recommended a number of step...Read More

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PHOTO: It would permanently protect some 20,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest, and supporters of the Tennessee Wilderness Act are hoping passage by Congress will come yet this year. Photo credit: Mark Doliner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Congress returns to session next month, and while not much may get done pre-election, there could be movement afterwards on several bills including one that supporters in Tennessee have been trying to get passed for years. There's a chance that the Tennessee Wilderness Act could ...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessee parents have one more item to add to that back-to-school checklist, getting the kids in for an eye exam. Photo credit: Randen Pederson/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded that the eye health of their children is critical to their educational success. Tonya Reynoldson, president of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, says this is a great time of...Read More

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