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PNS Daily Newscast - April 26, 2019 


Former V.P. Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign, warning that Trump is "a danger to the nation's character." Also on our Friday rundown: Six 2020 Dems to speak at a weekend forum in Vegas. Plus, thousands of Navajo homes get electricity for the first time.

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Public News Service - TN: Civic Engagement

According to state election statistics from November 2018, more than 4 million Tennesseans currently are registered to vote. (Annap/Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee House has passed a bill that aims to clamp down on voter-registration drives. House Bill 1079, sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, would fine civic groups organizing voter-registration drives upwards of $10,000 for submitting large numbers of inaccurate or i

Last April, former Gov. Bill Haslam refused to veto an anti-sanctuary-city measure, House Bill 2315, allowing it to become law without his signature and saying it

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Immigrants' rights advocates say two bills introduced this week by Democrats in the Tennessee Legislature will help restore public trust in law enforcement, public services and schools after last year's passage of anti-sanctuary-city legislation. Current Tennessee law manda

Tennessee's midterm election is expected to see a record turnout because of renewed energy of voters and two hotly contested races. (Twenty20)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The pursuit of clean energy is what drives groups such as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, but this election season, the alliance is working with dozens of volunteers across Tennessee to get out the vote. The group registered voters across the state and now, has its s

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

Tennessee communities will be prohibited from offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, and the law may actually lead to increased incidences of unreported crime when immigrants are afraid to call police for help. (yummypixels/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee may claim the moniker "Volunteer State," but a bill awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature frames the state as less than welcoming. HB 2315, known as the "Anti-Sanctuary Bill," requires local governments to enforce deportation activities. Opponents say it's the mo

Nashville's transit referendum, on the May 1 ballot, would make major transportation improvements for residents with light rail, rapid buses and more. (Prayitno/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There's a lot riding on the May primary in Nashville. That's when residents will vote on a transit referendum that would increase four taxes in order to pay for a $5 billion transportation plan. The plan proposes five light rail lines and four rapid bus lines and will be c

Young Tennesseans are joining others around the world to engage in community service online. (DoSomething.org)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A growing number of Tennessee young people are finding community-service opportunities online. DoSomething.org is one portal that offers projects focusing on everything from hunger and violence to discrimination. Historically, the organization found its home in traditional

Currently U.S. presidents have broad pardoning power, but Rep. Steve Cohen, R-Tenn., is among those who would like to limit that power. (PaulLocke/flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Democrat Steve Cohen, who represents Memphis in the U.S. House, wants Congress to take steps to limit the presidential pardoning authority. Cohen introduced a constitutional amendment this week after it was revealed that two Trump campaign aides would face indictment in the speci

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