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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - TN: Civic Engagement

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

In his position on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., held a key spot in international policy. (U.S. Embassy Moldova/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The dust-up between Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and President Trump continues, but after the dust settles, the Volunteer State will be in need of someone to fill the vacant seat. In office since 2007, Corker serves on several key Senate committees including Foreign Relations and

Incidents such as this fire in a church in Mississippi, where arson is suspected, are believed to be on the rise in the United States. (ProPublica)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there were 275 incidences of hate crimes against people or their personal property between 2015 and 2016, the most recent data available. But numerous reports from independent groups say hate crimes are on the rise. One s

This statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of two that some Memphis residents are asking be removed. (Ron Cogswell/Flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - More than 4,500 people are asking the city of Memphis to remove two Confederate statues. The group "Take Them Down 901" wants the city to take down statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park and Jefferson Davis from Fourth Bluff Park. Organizer Tami Sawyer said her

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