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PHOTO: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. Photo credit: Wikimedia / Public Domain.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the progress made since its passage is being recognized across Tennessee. The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in areas such as employment...Read More

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PHOTO: In Tennessee, the economic impact of last year's national park visits and the jobs they supported topped $700 million. Photo credit: Nano Anderson/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They are some of Tennessee's most pristine areas, and a new study shows national parks are not just great places to spend the day but also major drivers of the local economy. In 2013, said National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, national parks in Tennessee saw more than 8 ...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As more and more food choices labeled as gluten free show up on store shelves across the state, a warning that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. The founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner, welcomes more options for th...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessee saw a tiny decline in students participating in summer nutrition programs from 2012 to 2013, while nationally there was an increase of nearly six percent. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For thousands of low-income families in Tennessee, summer vacation is a time of increased hunger, as children don't have their usual school meals to rely on. Signe Anderson, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), says a new study co...Read More

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PHOTO: Friendly faces and competent care are what people in need get from the 201 Community Health Centers across Tennessee. But dozens might have to close their doors with a major source of federal funding set to expire in 2015. Photo courtesy United Neighborhood Health Services.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than a quarter-million Tennesseans without health insurance could also lose access to primary care, with Community Health Centers across the state now looking down the edge of a looming fiscal cliff. Funding to help the centers expand reach and capacity was part of the Affor...Read More

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PHOTO: It's the most common form of cancer in the country, but the risk of skin cancer can be greatly reduced with simple protections that include sunscreen. Photo credit: Robert Neff/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From days at the beach to afternoons out biking and hiking, people across Tennessee are eagerly soaking up the sunshine. But doctors warn that sun lovers need to take steps to protect themselves from the most common form of cancer. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang is a dermatologist who ...Read More

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IMAGE: A first step toward ending big money in politics? The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of campaign spending limits, in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor, after winning approval Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The goal of Senate Joint Resolution 19, said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campa...Read More

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PHOTO: A new survey finds the average fuel economy of new cars has increased by 20 percent over the past six years. Photo credit: futureatlas.com/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Motorists who hit the roads for summer trips are likely to feel a pinch at the gas pump, but some will spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America finds the average fuel economy of new cars has increased by 20 percent in the past...Read More

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