Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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Banking woes send consumers looking for safer alternatives, some Indiana communities resist a dollar chain store "invasion," and a permit to build an oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes is postponed.

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Republicans say it is premature to consider gun legislation after the Nashville shooting, federal officials are unsure it was a hate crime, and regulators say Silicon Valley Bank was aware of its financial risks.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Laura Thornquist


Location: Flower Mound, TX

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Report: Street Design Poses Threat to TN Pedestrians

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Crossing the road in Tennessee can be deadly. A new report from Transportation for America says in the last decade, 806 …

Dealing with Storm Aftermath – Look for Warning Signs in Kids

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Regular monthly tests of tornado sirens can put many people on the edge of their seats because of recent events. And it's not just …


Effort to De-fund Planned Parenthood Fizzles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood in Tennessee apparently has failed, now that Republican leaders acknowledge constitutional …

State Income Tax Ban Faces Hurdles: Who Shoulders Financial Burden?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A permanent ban on a state income tax is marching closer to reality in Tennessee, but many hurdles remain to amending the state …


Mississippi River Slowly Recedes in TN-Placed on Endangered List

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The swollen Mississippi has received a special mention as a "river at risk" in this year's newly released "Most Endangered Rivers" …

TN Budget Back on the Table

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee lawmakers and the state administration are ready to begin setting a final plan for the budget year that starts July 1…


Survey: Most TN Teachers Feel Good about Their Jobs, Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Most teachers in Tennessee are giving the state a passing grade when it comes to their jobs and workplaces. In the first-ever …

How Much is a Tennessean's Life Worth?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam's tort reform bill (HB1993/SB2001) has passed the key Senate Judiciary Committee and will now go on to the …


Could NM Lose its “Spirit” With Deteriorating Colorado River?

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico is facing increased water resource risks. A report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Interior, The SECURE Water Act …

No Spanking Allowed in TN This Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If you've ever been a parent, you know how difficult it can be to raise a child. Deb Sendek, program director of the Center for …


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