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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - Tennessee

Photo: The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to beware of secret-shopper offers they receive through email or phone calls. Photo credit: aimeelow/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Getting paid to shop sounds like the perfect job, and while plenty of reputable companies conduct consumer research with the help of secret shoppers, plenty of scam artists use the practice as a window into your bank account. The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs has receive...Read More

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Photo: Generation Z is the first "digitally native" generation, contributing their technology skills and "baby boomer-like" preferences to the workplace, according to the Robert Half Survey. Photo credit: mconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They're the first generation that has only known a life filled with cell phones, the Internet and social media, and now Generation Z is entering the workforce. "Gen Z" describes people born between 1990 and 1999, and new research by Robert Half, a human resources consulting fir...Read More

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Photo: The CDC reports heroin use is on the rise, and addiction to painkillers may be a contributing factor. Photo credit: ronnieb/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Heroin use and abuse in the United States is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Usage has risen fastest, more than doubling, for young adults. The reasons behind the rise are co...Read More

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PHOTO: Dogs with canine flu may have a fever, runny nose, loss of appetite and lack of energy. Pet owners are encouraged to take their dog to the vet if it exhibits these symptoms. Photo credit: Jfellas/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cases of canine flu have been confirmed in states surrounding Tennessee, including Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. While there are no confirmed cases in the Volunteer State, Dr. Melissa Kennedy of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine say...Read More

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Photo: The Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Book finds that Tennessee children continue to live in poverty, even after economic recovery. Photo credit: gaborfromhungary/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The year 2014 represents the best year of job growth in the nation since 1999, but that upturn is skipping over thousands of Tennessee families, according to a report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. According to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book, more than 390,00...Read More

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Photo: The state advises consumers to file any storm damage claims quickly with their insurer, and to beware of scammers. Photo courtesy: wallyir/

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It's been a stormy summer in recent weeks in parts of Tennessee, with storms causing thousands of dollars in property damage. With many consumers expected to file claims with their insurers to cover the damage, the state wants to make sure people understand the best way to...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessee ranks 49th in the nation when it comes to the health of its democracy, according to a report released this month by the Center for American Progress. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee is receiving national attention for having an "unhealthy" democracy. That's the assessment of a national report released by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, which awards letter grades in three categories. The report, titled Health of State D...Read More

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PHOTO: The Tennessee Promise program offers intensive training to incoming college freshmen who may need remedial assistance to succeed in college. Photo credit: Arielle Jay/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of incoming Tennessee college students are participating in an "academic boot camp" for the next three weeks. The state's 13 community colleges have joined together to host the Tennessee Promise this summer. The program's goal is to help first-generation college st...Read More

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