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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike, and retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - TN: Health

As of this month, at least 49 people in Tennessee have been hospitalized with serious lung injuries from using vaping products, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gov. Bill Lee has yet to respond to medical professionals calling for a statewide emergency ban on flavored vaping products, popular among young people. Dr. Elise Denneny, president of the Tennessee Medical Association, says her colleagues have sent a letter urging the gov

More than 1,000 Tennesseans ended their lives in 2017, according to records from the Department of Health. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and advocates say Tennessee has boosted efforts to improve access to mental health services in all of its 95 counties. Earlier in 2019, Gov. Lee authorized a funding increase for the state's Suicide Prevention Network to

A mysterious lung ailment linked to e-cigarette use has led to at least one death and more than 100 hospitalizations across the country. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health is asking health-care providers across the state to report any cases of respiratory illness they suspect to be associated with vaping. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 200 people acros

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Health Department has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of how the opioid epidemic impacts individuals, families and communities. The "Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis" campaign shares the stories of residents from counties across the state whose

The Works Inc in Memphis organizes neighborhood bike rides and is a recipient of this year's AARP Community Challenge grant. (The Works Inc.)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennesseans in Nashville, Clarksville, Memphis and McMinn County will receive funding from AARP to improve the quality of life in their communities, with a special focus on residents age 50 and older. Habitat For Humanity in McMinn County received a Community Challenge grant to w

Medicaid enrollment in Tennessee dropped by nearly 10% between 2017 and 2018, according to Families USA. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee is one of three states in the country with the sharpest drop in Medicaid enrollment between 2017 and 2018. According to a report by the consumer health care group Families USA, the number of Tennesseans enrolled in Medicaid fell by nearly 10%, and more than 100,0

Juvenile detention facilities around the country routinely put youths in solitary confinement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A juvenile detention center in Shelby County has reduced the use of solitary confinement among children in its care, according to a new report from the Center for Children's Law and Policy and other organizations. In 2012, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice

Tennesseeans filled about 885,000 fewer prescriptions for opioids in 2018 than they did in 2017, a one-year decrease of 13.4%.  (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Opioid prescriptions in Tennessee dropped by about one-third between 2013 and 2018, according to new data released by the Tennessee Medical Association. The figures show a steady decrease in the numbers of opioid prescriptions filled statewide – from more than 8.5 mi

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