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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Public News Service - Tennessee

PHOTO: A crackdown by the Mexican government, under pressure from the U.S., is keeping the Central American refugees off a train they had been riding north. Now many are on foot, and therefore more vulnerable. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States may be making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine In These Times says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. la...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more Tennessee foster children are growing up in family settings instead of residential facilities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is doing something right when it comes to caring for foster children in the state. According to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Volunteer State has reduced the percentage of children in custody who are housed in residential settings by ne...Read More

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Photo: Health care, policy and environmental advocates are gathering in Nashville to discuss the impact of climate change on health, environment and other factors. Photo credit: demondimum/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today policymakers, scholars and medical practitioners are convening in Nashville to discuss the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which is expected to be announced sometime this summer. While the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy are often discussed, Dr. Don A...Read More

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Photo: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, could impact the ability of thousands of Tennessee couples to marry. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The legal status of thousands of relationships across Tennessee is up in the air as Tennesseans wait to see if an expected Supreme Court ruling on the freedom to marry will impact the state's constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. Evan Wolfson, pre...Read More

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Photo: Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would cap payday-loan interest rates in the state. Photo credit: cohdra/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Payday lending is alive and well in Tennessee, but consumer advocates are critical of its high interest rates and what they call predatory business practices. A bill in the state House of Representatives aims to cap the interest rate charged by lenders at 28 percent. Currently, l...Read More

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Photo: May is National Asthma Awareness Month, and health experts advise Tenneseans to reduce exposure to air pollution and allergens. Photo credit: Alviman/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 7,000 Tenneseans were hospitalized for asthma in 2010, the most recent data available. Thousands more have the chronic disease of the respiratory system, which is made even more difficult by spring pollen and other allergens. Dr. Michael Warren, director of family hea...Read More

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Photo: Nuclear Fuel Services has been manufacturing fuel in Erwin, Tenn., for more than 50 years. Photo credit: Mark Fickett/Wikimedia Commons

ERWIN, Tenn. - One resident of northeast Tennessee is speaking out against what she says is a questionable safety record of Nuclear Fuel Services located in Erwin. The manufacturing facility makes materials for the U.S. Navy and for private companies. Recently the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commiss...Read More

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Photo: Local villagers from Chautara, north east of Kathmandu, are in need of food and supplies. BBB and others are advising people how they can make sure their money gets to the victims. Photo credit: Jessica Lea/Wikimedia Commons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With the death toll in Nepal's earthquake projected to climb to as many as 10,000 people, Tennesseans are looking for ways they can help. At the same time, organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, say scammers are looking for ways to take advantage of generosity. The BBB...Read More

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