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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


The GOP leadership puts their efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the land and water conservation fund.

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Public News Service - TN: LGBTQIA Issues

Most human trafficking victims will encounter a medical professional, and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.,  sponsored legislation that would give medical professionals tools to identify people who are being exploited. (ACF OPA)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Human trafficking is a significant problem in Tennessee, with its size, number of interstate highways and relatively healthy economy. But it's not always easy to spot the warning signs when someone is a victim. This week, the U.S. House passed legislation sponsored by Tennes

A bill introduced in the Tennessee Legislature could label children conceived via artificial insemination as

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – LGBT advocates are joining parent advocates in expressing concerns over the consequences of HB 1406. The bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster, would repeal a 1977 state law that declared children born as a result of artificial insemination

Research from the University of Kentucky finds no difference in experience between adoptive children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by a man and a woman. (Euro/Flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adopted children of same-sex couples experience no differences from peers being raised in households with heterosexual parents, a study finds. Rachel Farr, developmental psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, studied nearly 100 families in whic

Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would mandate that school systems require students to utilize facilities associated with the gender on their birth certificate. (Paradox/Wikimedia Commons)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Controversy is growing around the so-called Bathroom Bill, which Tennessee lawmakers are considering. The measure, House Bill 2414 and Senate Bill 2387, would require that students use restrooms and facilities based on the sex listed on the student's birth certificate. It's spons

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and advocates for bisexual individuals are working to raise awareness about the specific violence, discrimination and stereotypes they face. Credit: Anchly/istockphoto

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Schools across Tennessee are reminding students this month about the damage they can do to peers by bullying. Among the reasons kids are teased or physically harmed is sexual orientation, and experts say bisexuals face even more challenges. According to the federal Centers for Di

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di

Photo: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, could impact the ability of thousands of Tennessee couples to marry. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The legal status of thousands of relationships across Tennessee is up in the air as Tennesseans wait to see if an expected Supreme Court ruling on the freedom to marry will impact the state's constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. Evan Wolfson, pre

PHOTO: Tennessee is one of about a dozen states where the rights of same-sex couples to marry are still playing out in court. The next chapter is August 6. Photo credit: Joel Kramer/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - "Pride Month" is coming to a close, but a couple major legal and policy developments have supporters of equal rights in the state expressing optimism for the future. Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said efforts were re-energized in June with a

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