Sunday, December 4, 2022

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A Louisiana Public Service Commission runoff could affect energy policy, LGBTQ advocates await final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, and democracy gets a voter-approved overhaul in Oregon.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Tennessee

In Tennessee, foster care is supposed to be a temporary service until the family and the child in some cases can address the problems leading to the placement, according to the state's Department of Children's Services. (AnnaStills/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

'I Belong Project' Raises Awareness for TN Adoption

National Adoption Month comes to an end today, but in Tennessee, more than 9,000 children are in foster care and waiting for new families through …

Every year, close to 48,000 people in Tennessee are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)
Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Help Prevent Prediabetes, Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month, and health experts believe Tennesseans can reverse prediabetes, and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Dr…


One of the acceptable required documents for U.S. citizenship is an official birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. (Mehaniq41/Adobe Stock)
TN Writer: True Love, Green Cards and Immigration

By Jordan Arellano for YES! Media. Broadcast version by Danielle Smith for Tennessee News Service, reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …

In Tennessee, your ability to restore your voting rights after being convicted of a felony depends on the type of crime and the date of the conviction. (Burlingham/AdobeStock)<br />
Report: More than 470,000 Tennesseans Can’t Vote Due to Felony Convictions

In Tennessee, almost a half-million people won't be able to vote in the midterm elections because of a past felony conviction. According to research …


According to the Maternal Mortality Annual Report, Tennessee's pregnancy-related mortality rate in 2020 was 58.5 deaths per 100,000 live births. That's a 51% increase from 2017-2019.(MonkeyBusiness/Adobe Stock)
Tennessee Works to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health has received a $5 million federal grant to fund …

Medicare supplement policies are often referred to as Medigap coverage, because they cover expenses in the gap basic Medicare does not. (Hafakot/Adobe Stock)<br />
It’s Medicare Open Enrollment Time for Seniors in Tennessee

Medicare's annual open enrollment period has started this month and continues through Dec. 7. It is the time close to 1.4 million Tennesseans …


During open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Tennessee saw a record number of individuals getting health insurance. Over 270,000 people signed up, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)
TN Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins Nov. 1

Thousands of Tennesseeans will be shopping for new health insurance plans for next year when open enrollment begins November 1. The experts say it's …

Nearly sixty-eight percent of Tennesseans without broadband at home live in rural communities.(Escapejaja/AdobeStock)
Connecting Underserved TN Communities to Low-Cost, High-Speed Internet

Broadband internet is increasingly seen as necessary for Americans to stay connected, but only 53% of residents in Tennessee have broadband internet …


Nashville State Community College and other partners offer what's known as
TN School Works to Attract More Students of Color to Higher Ed

A new report on Black students in the community college system found fewer are signing up to attend two-year schools, an enrollment downturn made …

About one in five adults in the United States has experienced some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Momius/Adobe Stock)
Suicide Prevention Month in TN: 'You Are Not Alone'

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to spotlight this issue in Tennessee and across the country. Almost 1,300 …


In Tennessee, more than 800,000 people are facing hunger, and more than 230,000 of them are children. (Africa Studio/AdobeStock)
Advocates Calling on Congress for Better Investment in Kids

Advocates for children's well-being are in Washington, D.C. today, calling on lawmakers to invest in kids. The Save the Children advocacy summit is …

The Inflation Reduction Act will lower energy costs for households and businesses, create manufacturing jobs for American workers and deliver a clean, secure, and healthy future for families. (Vitalli Vodolazskyi/AdobeStock)
Tennessee Rural Electric Co-ops to Benefit from Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act has made a historic investment of $370 billion dollars to fight climate change over the next decade. Among its benefits…


 

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