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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - TN: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

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

Nearly 1 million children in Tennessee attend public schools. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of parents is suing the state over a school voucher law that would allow public school funds to be used to help Tennessee families send their kids to private schools. Chris Wood, an attorney with the firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP who is representing the 11 plaint

Tennessee's pre-arrest diversion clinics connected more than 7,000 people to mental-health treatment instead of jail between 2017 and 2019. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is increasing the number of drop-off clinics that allow police officers to take people with mental-health and/or substance-abuse issues to a treatment provider instead of jail. Sejal West, senior vice president for operations of Volunteer Behavioral Healthcare System,

Asian carp are filter feeders, meaning they consume the base of the aquatic food chain, starving out and outcompeting native fish species. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee will receive federal funding to fight Asian carp as part of a $25 million budget appropriation recently passed by Congress. Asian carp are now found in all three of Tennessee's major waterways, from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River, north of Chattanooga.

Nearly 1 million students attend Tennessee public schools, and they can expect a new, state-funded push to improve their reading skills. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee recently announced Tennessee's public schools will receive $650 million to improve student literacy, support school mental health services, and boost teacher pay and professional development. The state says a significant portion of the funding will be used to purc

The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Gov. Bill Lee's second State of the State address focused on education, teacher pay and job creation. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee addressed the 111th Tennessee General Assembly yesterday evening in a State of the State speech that focused primarily on education, while complimenting the state's Medicaid system as the most efficient in the country. But some health care experts said they disagr

A new proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would weaken school meal nutrition standards put into place in 2012. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a proposed rule change that would allow schools to serve fewer fruits and grains, and a smaller variety of vegetables. The change would roll back school nutrition standards put into place in 2012. Signe Anderson, director of nu

Nearly 1.6 million people in Tennessee rely on Medicaid for health coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee has become the first state to submit a Medicaid block grant proposal to federal officials. If approved, the proposal would allow the state to make changes to its Medicaid program, known as TennCare. Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice C

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