PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - TN: Livable Wages/Working Families

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would set up a voluntary retirement savings program for employers and employees. (

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a million Tennesseans don't have access to a retirement savings program through their employer - and AARP's Public Policy Institute estimates that people are 15 times more likely to save for retirement through a payroll deduction program. Those two facts are what

Communities in Tennessee are looking for alternative industry to support their economy as the coal industry continues its decline. (Jan Truter/Flickr)

CLINTON, Tenn. – At one point, roughly half of the counties in Tennessee were supported by the coal industry in some way. As the fossil fuel industry declines, efforts to secure new industries are increasing in parts of the state. For more than two years, the Appalachian Regional Commission

The elimination of the SALT deduction that largely benefits the middle class has a broad swath of citizens groups and state and local leaders concerned. (Hamza Butt/flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After a failed attempt to revamp health care, Congress and the president now are turning their attention to tax reform. Among the proposed policies on the chopping block is the elimination of a provision that allows homeowners to deduct state and local property taxes from th

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

On-bill financing allows homeowners to pay for the cost of weatherization through their electric bill. (Miheco/

UNICOI, Tenn. – As the mercury climbs, so will the energy bills for consumers across Tennessee. Energy-efficiency measures can go a long way in reducing usage, but their cost often presents a roadblock for thousands of families. Programs known in the industry as on-bill financing allow homeo

Tennessee ranks fifth in the country in terms of money-related stress, according to research firm WalletHub. (aaayyymm eeelectrik/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Feeling stressed out these days? You're not alone. A recent national survey ranks Tennessee the ninth most stressed state in the country - when taking into account family, health, work and money considerations. However, the analysis by research firm WalletHub ranks the state fift

NET Trans in northeast Tennessee serves parts of the community where city transportation does not reach. (NET Trans)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Who funds regional transportation is a growing issue as the state's rural population expands outside of city limits. NET Trans in northeast Tennessee is one example. It serves 48 percent of the coverage area in the region but receives no federal funding. That's expecte

AARP Foundation is offering free tax preparation assistance through its Tax-Aide program across Tennessee beginning next week. (Tax/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tax season is upon us, and AARP of Tennessee is offering free tax assistance beginning next week as part of its Tax-Aide program. This season, nearly 400 volunteers will prepare taxes at 66 locations across Tennessee. Pam Holcombe, coordinator for the program in Tennessee,

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