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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - TN: Disabilities

A higher percentage of people living with a disability live in Tennessee's rural areas, indicating the need for more transit options, according to an analysis by ThinkTennessee. (Steve Johnson, flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee skews older than the nation overall, and overall, the state's disability rates are higher in rural communities, according to Census data analyzed by the nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Shanna Hughey, the group’s president, says she hopes ThinkTenness

Tennessee is one of five states that doesn't require insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), a common and proven treatment for autism spectrum disorders. (MamiGibbs/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would have required Tennessee health insurers to cover approved autism therapies stalled in a legislative committee, just as Autism Awareness Month begins nationwide. Tennessee is one of only five states in the country that doesn't require coverage for applied

Men, women and children are impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but there are a multitude of effective treatments available. (Kiran Foster/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost 25 million people in the U.S. at any given time are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the support and advocacy group PTSD United. That includes thousands of Tennesseans left with the illness from a traumatic event such as a crime, natural disa

More than a half million people in Tennessee are living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who is. (Smantha Ing/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As many as half a million Tennesseans are living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who is, but advocates say it's been at least 10 years since a new drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and released for public use. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awarene

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Tennesseans are encouraged to seek professional help if they feel stress, sadness or other emotions they feel unable to cope with. (WanMohd/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and experts are reminding Tennesseans about the importance of checking in on the psychological health of themselves and their loved ones. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Al

Tennessee's high rate of obesity is partially attributed to its traditional Southern fried and rich foods. (gracey/morguefile.com)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - About one in three Tennesseans is classified as obese and a report released by survey company WalletHub names four Tennessee cities including Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville in the top 15 of its Fattest cities in America list of 2016. The analysis looked at the p

The first case of Zika virus is confirmed in Tennessee by the State Department of Health. (dodgertonskillhause/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The first case of Zika virus has been reported in Tennessee the state Department of Health announced late Tuesday. The individual had traveled to South America prior to returning to east Tennessee. Dr. Tim Jones, state epidemiologist, says the state was prepared for the likely

A majority of Tennesseans are caregivers or have cared for an adult at some point in their life, according to a new AARP Tennessee survey of registered voters in the state. (Ladyheart/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chances are most of us feel like we're burning the candle at both ends this month, but the demands of the holidays are exaggerated for the thousands of caregivers in Tennessee. A new survey from AARP Tennessee of 800 registered voters found 60 percent of respondents are currently

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