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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - TN: Rural/Farming

Most of the wood harvested in the United States is exported to Southeast Asia for furniture manufacturing. (Adobe Stock)

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By Andrew Muhammad for The Conversation. Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan/Tennessee News Service reporting for the Conversation-Public News Service Collaboration. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The pandemic has shrunk U.S. forest exports, and economists say supply disruptions in Southeast Asia, where Ameri

According to the Urban Institute, immigrants and their children make up one-quarter of the U.S. population. (Adobe Stock)

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BOLIVAR, Tenn. - In the coming weeks, Tennesseans will have a chance to fill out their U.S. Census forms online or by mail. Cities across the state are working to ensure that groups that traditionally have been harder to count, including immigrant families in the state's rural farming regions, are a

Research has shown pesticide exposure can cause birth defects, infertility and cancer. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Environmental groups and public health experts are questioning the Environmental Protection Agency's frequent use of "emergency approvals" that allow farmers to use toxic pesticides. The EPA reports last year, it issued emergency approvals for use of a pesticide that is known to

Of the more than 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States, about 8,000 live in Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A group of Tennessee DACA recipients has just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices heard arguments in the case that will determine the fate of DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

More than 6% of Memphis, Tenn.'s population is foreign-born, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Immigrants could help Tennessee fill its health-care workforce gap, according to a new report by the Business Forward Foundation. Foreign-born individuals currently make up less than 5% of the state's total population. President of the Business Forward Foundation Jim Doyle

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)

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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

Rural communities often lack the tax base and funding to support community programs, which is compounded by a lack of living wage jobs. (pudgeefeet/flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee children continue to confront poverty, infant mortality and decreased educational opportunities – particularly in the rural areas. That's according to the End of Childhood Report released this week by Save the Children – which ranks the state 40th for q

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

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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

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