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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Tennessee

Tennessee gets high marks for women's access to education, but points to room for improvement in other areas. Credit: taliesin/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today is Women's Equality Day, and a new national survey ranks Tennessee near the top for one consideration that is important to women - and others, not so much. The Volunteer State is ranked 24th for workplace environments, a category that combines such topics as wages, the numb...Read More

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PHOTO: This fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to announce new federal rules to address predatory lending practices, regulations that some policy experts say cannot come soon enough. Photo credit: Finance/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As it now stands, Tennessee payday lenders can require borrowers to pay money back in as few as 15 days before major interest penalties kick in – and ultimately charge as much as 375 percent interest. Consumers in the Volunteer State may soon see some additional prote...Read More

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The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As many Tennessee companies ask employees to do more with less in the post-recession era, many of those workers are not being compensated for working overtime. As it stands, salaried workers can be denied overtime if they make a little more than $23,000 a year. The threshold has...Read More

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Photo: A new study published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, finds that a regular diet of Southern foods can increase your risk of heart disease by 56 percent. Photo credit: American Heart Association

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The long-term health impact of consuming fried chicken, sweet tea and other traditional Southern comfort foods can increase your risk of heart disease by 56 percent, a new study suggests. According to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, peopl...Read More

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Photo: Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would charge the public to access public records. Photo courtesy:  Grafixar/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Right now, accessing public records in Tennessee costs nothing more than your time. But that may change as the state considers legislation that would impose a charge. As it stands, records custodians can only charge for making copies. "Citizens want to view public records...Read More

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PHOTO: The state Fire Marshal's Office is reminding Tennesseans about the importance of shutting doors in the event of a house fire. Photo credit: Greyerbaby/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – "Close the door." It's an instruction many of us heard countless times from our parents, and now the state Fire Marshal's Office is reminding Tennesseans that closing a door during a house fire is one of the best things you can do to stop a fire from spreading. Claire Marsa...Read More

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Photo: Tennessee teachers appreciate the support of school supplies and patience from parents as the school year begins. Photo courtesy: earl53/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - School is open for most public- and private-school students across the state. While much is made over supporting your child as he or she returns to school, the teacher group Professional Educators of Tennessee is encouraging parents to keep in mind that support for teachers is jus...Read More

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PHOTO: A National Wildlife Federation poll shows hunters and anglers are willing to put aside their political differences in support of greater EPA protections for clean water, including small headwaters and wetlands. Photo credit: Shaun Quinlan/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Over half of Tennessee residents take part in outdoor recreation each year, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Among them are hunters and anglers who consider themselves conservative, yet support an EPA clean water policy that has been described as controversial....Read More

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