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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - TN: Consumer Issues

Tennesseans are paying more than $1 million over their lifetimes to smoke, according to a report released this week. (Una Mateo/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Among the items on hundreds of Tennesseans' New Year's resolution lists are promises to quit smoking. But a new study by survey giant WalletHub gives a $1 million reason why the state needs to kick the habit. In the report The Real Cost of Smoking by State, analysts rank

Cryptocurrencies are increasing in value on the stock market, making them increasingly interesting to Tennessee consumers. (Fabian Figeredo/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bitcoin may sound like points you'd earn in a video game, but the electronic currency is valued at an estimated $700 billion worldwide, and is beginning to attract the attention of Tennessee consumers looking to invest in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin. The intere

Experts recommend a reduction in eating sweets and maintaining a healthy weight as ways to prevent diabetes. (Puno 3000/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With most folks' diets a bit upside down this holiday season with parties and family dinners, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is reminding people about the importance of diabetes prevention. The Volunteer State has the fifth highest percentage of adults with diabe

Solar panels have great potential in Tennessee, but industry experts say current policies don't support the growth of clean energy. (Mike Linksvayer/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eighty-one percent of Tennessee voters support solar energy in the Volunteer State, and even more want it installed on their own homes. The polling data was released Monday from the conservative polling firm, North Star Opinion Research. The survey was conducted among vote

Experts believe increased online use may prompt suicidal thoughts among at-risk teens, as they compare their lives unfavorably to what others post. (Ryan Melaugh/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – You may want to limit your teen's use of social media over the long holiday weekend. A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide. According to th

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

For safety reasons, the state advises that people who visit haunted houses or corn mazes be aware of the locations of emergency exits. (Ricky Brigante/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If the weather isn't an indication Halloween is around the corner, the pumpkin patches, mazes and haunted houses surely are. While getting spooked is a holiday tradition for many, state officials want to make sure haunted houses don't provide a real-life scare. The Tennessee De

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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