PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - TN: Budget Policy & Priorities

TennCare recipients could be required to work in order to receive medical benefits, under bills in committee this week at the Tennessee Legislature. (Subconsci Productions/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The idea of requiring TennCare recipients to work in order to receive benefits might sound like a reasonable proposal on its face. But opponents say there's a catch to the legislation, House Bill 1551, and its companion, Senate Bill 1728, sponsored respectively by Tennessee

Tennessee consumers wishing to go solar have less incentive to, based on lower TVA buy-back rates for the power they generate. (Henri Sivonen/flickr)

ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Harvesting energy from the sun is big business in many parts of the country, including neighboring states North Carolina and Georgia. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar has seen an average growth rate of 68 percent annually over the last 10 years.

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

A broken payment system may discourage insurers from enrolling millions of people who are uninsured, according to a report from the Urban Institute. (franchise opportunities/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Consumers who lose their health insurance coverage in the middle of the year may have a hard time finding information on coverage – and a new report from the Urban Institute says there's a good reason for that. One of the study authors Stan Dorn, now a senior fellow

A new report focuses not on high healthcare costs, but on the economic benefits that Tennessee doctors bring to their communities, from creating jobs to paying taxes. (Micha K/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – They cure what ails us, but Tennessee doctors also are improving the health of the state's economy, according to a new report. The findings from the Tennessee Medical Association cover "The Economic Impact of Physicians in Tennessee," and says doctors in the Volunteer Stat

Tennessee, like other southern states, has significant potential in the growth of solar energy, but Tennesseans for Solar Choice says it is a largely untapped resource in the Volunteer State. (Emily/flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of business and environmental leaders announced a partnership to advance Tennessee in the race for solar capacity. Tennesseans for Solar Choice launched its effort to ensure people have access to affordable, renewable energy. Unlike 36 ot

Tennesseans can expect higher premiums as they shop for health coverage on the health exchange, because of the elimination of federal subsidies for states by the Trump administration. (Lily A/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace begins on Wednesday, and consumer advocates want to make sure Tennesseans understand the importance having coverage. This year, the federal government has cut funding for the health navigator pro

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

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