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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 


Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Public News Service - TN: Rural/Farming

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

The popularity of backyard chickens is believed to be a factor in the rise in salmonella cases. (Thunder Circus/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Growing numbers of Tennesseans are raising backyard chickens, both as pets and as a healthy source of food. While there are plenty of benefits to having feathered friends, the Tennessee Department of Health says it's seen more than 40 cases of salmonella this year that it be

Cage-free poultry farms are growing in Tennessee and the rest of the country, because of major retailers such as Kroger announcing they will limit their egg sales to cage-free production. (CowgirlJules/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Animal rights groups are calling it "egg-cellent" news. Kroger – with at least 50 locations in Tennessee – is joining a growing list of businesses committing to sell only cage free eggs. In a statement, the grocer says it is making the change because its "cus

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