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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - TN: Consumer

States like Tennessee with narrower Medicaid eligibility are expected to see larger increases in the number of uninsured residents in the coronavirus recession. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The federal government has quietly changed a policy that could make it easier for some residents to sign up for health insurance. Previously, workers had only 60 days after losing their job-based health coverage to sign up for marketplace plans on

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

While most Tennessee schools have shifted to online learning, teacher hiring is still key for the state's public schools, which serve nearly a million students.(Adobe Stock)<br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The coronavirus pandemic has altered the teacher recruitment and hiring process, and to help connect school districts with job seekers, the state has created an online platform to speed things up. It's called the Tennessee Teacher Jobs Connection. Commissioner Penny Schwinn w

Experts say the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Postal workers in Tennessee are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. Keith Pullen, president of Nashville Local 5 of the American Postal Workers Union, says postal workers have been crucial in serving the public during the COVID-19 c

Tight working conditions on production lines in meat and poultry processing facilities make it impossible for workers to adhere to 6-foot distancing. (Adobe Stock)

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tyson chicken plant in Goodlettsville is reporting nearly 300 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among employees, and similar scenarios are popping up across the country where COVID-19 has spread rapidly in meat processing and packing facilities. The Centers for Disease

The Better Business Bureau of the MidSouth says that every day, Tennesseans are reporting new COVID-19-related scams, in which fraudsters attempt to steal money or personal information. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Phony websites claiming to sell face masks or fake COVID-19 test kits and emails peddling cures are just a few of the dozens of scams being fielded by law enforcement as the coronavirus pandemic continues. While scams offering free government money have been around for decades,

African-American culinary historians are exploring how enslaved people influenced American cuisine. (Adobe Stock)

By Ruth Terry /Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Tennessee News Service -- YES! MEDIA COLLABORATION -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Much of American cuisine is fusion food. Yes, even apple pie. European colonists brought apple trees, which originated in Asia, to these shore

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

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