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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2018 


The Trump administration moves to narrow the definition of sexual identity. Also on the Monday rundown: is climate change causing a shift eastward for Tornado Alley? Plus Election Day should find more polling places on Nevada Tribal Lands.

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Public News Service - TN: Education

Numerous studies show improved test scores and higher rates of graduation for children who are routinely read to as a child. (Brecken Pool/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Governor's Books from Birth Foundation this week is urging people in Tennessee to take a picture of themselves reading. Tennessee's Imagination Library Week is celebrating the program first piloted by singer Dolly Parton almost 30 years ago. Now with programs in 49

Chattanooga State Community College is among the schools seeing increased enrollment from the Tennessee Reconnect Program. (Larry Miller/Flickr)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – It's back to school for people of all ages in the Volunteer State, as a record number of adults head to college through the state's Tennessee Reconnect program. The grants are available to residents age 25 and older to earn an associate's degree or technical certificate.

Middle Tennessee farmers will soon be able to pursue an agricultural degree without having to leave the area, and some scholarship money is available. (Cultivate Oxford/Flickr)

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's rural communities have a new lifeline to higher education. This fall, Tennessee State University will offer an Agricultural Science degree program to students in the mid-state farming community of Fayetteville. The goal is to bring college courses to people

Members of the grassroots group Justice Knox address Knoxville leaders at a recent meeting. (Justice Knox)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - More than 1,000 Knoxville residents are addressing what they see as local issues of injustice, one at a time. Known as "Justice Knox," the group began last year as a project of the Direct Action and Research Training organization (DART). Their mission is to work with local leader

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

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