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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - TN: Youth

As of this month, at least 49 people in Tennessee have been hospitalized with serious lung injuries from using vaping products, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gov. Bill Lee has yet to respond to medical professionals calling for a statewide emergency ban on flavored vaping products, popular among young people. Dr. Elise Denneny, president of the Tennessee Medical Association, says her colleagues have sent a letter urging the gov

More than 40,000 Tennesseans have completed online screenings for depression since 2015. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This is National Depression Screening Day, and mental health experts say that just as people might screen for diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, a depression screening provides a quick way to spot the first signs of a serious mental health issue. Tom Starling,

More than 1,000 Tennesseans ended their lives in 2017, according to records from the Department of Health. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and advocates say Tennessee has boosted efforts to improve access to mental health services in all of its 95 counties. Earlier in 2019, Gov. Lee authorized a funding increase for the state's Suicide Prevention Network to

Juvenile detention facilities around the country routinely put youths in solitary confinement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A juvenile detention center in Shelby County has reduced the use of solitary confinement among children in its care, according to a new report from the Center for Children's Law and Policy and other organizations. In 2012, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice

More than 80,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, and likely have lost health insurance, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The number of children who are not enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is on the rise. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates more than 88,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in M

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging districts to stop embarrassing and singling-out students who don't have enough money for lunch. (SpecialBlendBrands, Twenty/20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's National Nutrition Month, and two pieces of proposed anti-bullying legislation have lawmakers engaged in a public war of words. Senate Bill 606 and House Bill 827, known as the Tennessee Hunger-Free Students Act, would prohibit schools from taking certain actions agai

Tennessee spent $6.2 million in state funds for tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2018, just 8.2 percent of the CDC's annual spending target. (American Cancer Society)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 37,000 Tennesseans are likely to find out they have cancer this year, and the American Cancer Society and its advocates gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol to ask legislators to zero in on smoking as the largest cause of the disease. Last year, smoking-related

Suicide is now the ninth leading cause of death in Tennessee, taking three lives per day, with a large spike among 10- to 17-year-olds. (JulieK/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – "One suicide death is too many," says Scott Ridgway, executive director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. The public-private partnership responsible for reporting findings cites an almost 55 percent increase in suicides among children ages 10 to 17 in the last thr

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