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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: Children's

Schools have closed in nearly all 50 states to slow community spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As school officials continue to extend closures in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many families are faced with the task of teaching their kids at home. Betsy Zorio, vice president for U.S. programs and advocacy with the group Save the Children, said her organizati

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

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

Recent reforms have shrunk the annual number of girls' detentions to less than 46,000 nationwide from nearly 100,000 in the early 2000s, according to the Vera Institute for Justice. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The juvenile court in Davidson county is spearheading an effort to reduce the number of girls and gender-nonconforming young people who end up behind bars. The court is emphasizing a trauma-informed approach, as part of the Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration by the Vera Ins

U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities are hotbeds for potential flu epidemics. Children and older people are especially vulnerable. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Peak flu season is here, when most people check in with their doctors about whether to get a flu shot. But for migrants being held in detention centers, that isn't an option – and U.S. Customs and Border Protection has refused to offer the flu vaccine to detainees. N

Each year, unsafe sleeping conditions are responsible for approximately 20% of infant deaths in Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's infant mortality rate is on the decline for the first time in three years, according to new data released by the state Department of Health. The data show there were 38 fewer infant deaths in the state in 2018 compared with the year prior. Dr. Morgan McDonald,

Around 10% of children in the United States live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives, according to U.S. American Community Survey data. (Adobe Stock)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — November is National Family Caregivers Month. And across Tennessee, thousands of grandparents are raising young children - a task many didn't imagine they'd be undertaking at a later stage in life. But high rates of opioid addiction and overdose deaths have left a generation

More than 80,000 children in Tennessee currently lack health-insurance coverage. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The number of uninsured children in Tennessee increased by 43% in just a two-year period, according to a report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families that found that 25,000 children lost health coverage between 2016 and 2018. Kinika Young, d

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