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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - TN: Youth

Research shows allowing police officers to handle minor infractions in schools often marks a student's first contact with the criminal justice system, potentially setting them up for a lifetime of collateral consequences. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The national spotlight on police violence has many reexamining the role of police officers in schools. Before the pandemic, nearly 2 million kids nationwide attended a school in which there was a law-enforcement officer on staff, but not a school counselor, according to a report

According to federal data, in 2019, more than 252,000 individuals nationwide entered apprenticeship programs. (Adobe Stock)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- This summer, high school students in Blount County will have the chance to apprentice in information technology, culinary arts, and building maintenance fields. It's one facet of a partnership between the group Tennessee Valley Youth Apprenticeships, The Urban Institute, and loca

The G.I. Bill, originally created to provide benefits for returning World War II soldiers, is used by veterans to to help pay for college, graduate school, or training programs. (Adobe Stock)

Correction: Title was changed to accurately reflect attribution for the word "Predatory." Original title was "VA Says Predatory Colleges Can Accept GI Bill Students" (7:35 pm MST, 7/13/2020), correct that Bellevue and Temple University are nonprofits, and add response from Bellevue University (12:45

A new national report ranks Tennessee in the top three among states for its high school graduation rate. (Adobe Stock) <br />

RIPLEY, Tenn. -- A new national report finds Lauderdale County is among the nation's top counties for on-time high school graduation, despite its child poverty rate of 35%. The report by the nonprofit group Save The Children analyzed data from more than 2,600 counties across the United States. In T

Tennessee schools have joined others across the country in closing their doors for now, and many students have shifted to online classes. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The State Board of Education has suspended statewide testing and made the decision to freeze students' grades as of March 20, when Gov. Bill Lee urged Tennessee school districts to close. The Board's Executive Director Sara Morrison said Tennessee has received a waiver from th

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

Atheist students in one Tennessee public school district were told they would be better off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a freedom of religion lawsuit on behalf of parents whose children attend Smith County public schools. The lawsuit alleges that school officials and teachers consistently incorporated Christian prayer into school events. Thomas

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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