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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its 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: Children's Issues

Rural communities often lack the tax base and funding to support community programs, which is compounded by a lack of living wage jobs. (pudgeefeet/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee children continue to confront poverty, infant mortality and decreased educational opportunities – particularly in the rural areas. That's according to the End of Childhood Report released this week by Save the Children – which ranks the state 40th for q

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

Experts believe increased online use may prompt suicidal thoughts among at-risk teens, as they compare their lives unfavorably to what others post. (Ryan Melaugh/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – You may want to limit your teen's use of social media over the long holiday weekend. A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide. According to th

The increased access to fast food and limited availability of fresh food markets is believed to be among the causes of a high child obesity rate in Tennessee. (Jon Bunting/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennessee children are overweight, with approximately one out of every five classified as obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation’s State of Obesity report ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation compared to other states for its number

Johnson City schools is transitioning its approach to alternative education for students having trouble in school - offering them a source of help instead of a dead-end. (Paradox 56/flickr)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- For years, being sent to an alternative school meant a dead end for students in Tennessee and across the nation. But at least one school system in the state wants to change that. Johnson City is transitioning their Alternative Center into the Topper Academy. In addition to a

Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of reading a day for younger children during the summer. (Reading is Fundamental)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The lazy days of summer are celebrated by Tennessee students and parents, but in between trips to the pool and the inevitable video-game session, educators say reading has to be made part of the routine. According to the organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experie

For the last 13 years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation has provided age-appropriate books to children born in Tennessee, birth to age five. (Governor's Books from Birth Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 age

Tennessee is one of five states that doesn't require insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), a common and proven treatment for autism spectrum disorders. (MamiGibbs/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would have required Tennessee health insurers to cover approved autism therapies stalled in a legislative committee, just as Autism Awareness Month begins nationwide. Tennessee is one of only five states in the country that doesn't require coverage for applied

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