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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - TN: Education

More than 20 Tennessee prisoners are earning their associate degrees in political science or business today outside Nashville. (Quadrans/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wednesday more than 20 male prisoners in Tennessee are celebrating the completion of the associate degrees they earned while behind bars. It's the first such group to receive the honor in more than 20 years. The inmates will graduate at the Turney Center Industrial Compl

Tennessee Promise students are required to perform at least eight hours of community service each semester. (Jorge Quinteros/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The free community college scholarships available through the state's Tennessee Promise program are helping more than just the students. As part of the scholarship, students are required to perform eight hours of community service for every semester they're in the program.

Tennessee teachers are using the tag #DefendDACA to speak out in support of the program for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors. (Paradox 56/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday, educators across the state are taking to social media to speak out in support of their students affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program. Using the social media tag '#DefendDACA,' teachers are calling on Tennessee's U.S. Senators Lam

Johnson City schools is transitioning its approach to alternative education for students having trouble in school - offering them a source of help instead of a dead-end. (Paradox 56/flickr)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- For years, being sent to an alternative school meant a dead end for students in Tennessee and across the nation. But at least one school system in the state wants to change that. Johnson City is transitioning their Alternative Center into the Topper Academy. In addition to a

Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of reading a day for younger children during the summer. (Reading is Fundamental)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The lazy days of summer are celebrated by Tennessee students and parents, but in between trips to the pool and the inevitable video-game session, educators say reading has to be made part of the routine. According to the organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experie

For the last 13 years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation has provided age-appropriate books to children born in Tennessee, birth to age five. (Governor's Books from Birth Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 age

The Netflix series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Suicide rates in Tennessee are on the increase across all age groups, just as a new Netflix series features a story line about a teenager who takes her life in the first episode. The show "13 Reasons Why" is prompting numerous mental-health groups to express concerns about

Next month is the deadline for the Tennessee Department of Education to submit its plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. (Ryan Stanton/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Improving a public school sometimes takes a very specific approach for the needs of a community. That's the philosophy guiding the Tennessee Department of Education as it finalizes a plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The state plan, due next month, will

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