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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

A higher percentage of people living with a disability live in Tennessee's rural areas, indicating the need for more transit options, according to an analysis by ThinkTennessee. (Steve Johnson, flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee skews older than the nation overall, and overall, the state's disability rates are higher in rural communities, according to Census data analyzed by the nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Shanna Hughey, the group’s president, says she hopes ThinkTenness

While the U.S. Senate debates the future of health care, local leaders are left with uncertainty about how to handle their community health needs. (Sai Dhanush AV/flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – While the U.S. Senate battles over its version of a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - uncertainty about the future of health care is impacting local leaders. The topic is among those being discussed this week at the National Association of Counties

Tennessee has made significant progress in preventing teenage pregnancies, but still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country. (Janine/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's teen birth rate has declined by 59 percent in less than 30 years, but that progress is in question after the Trump administration announced it is cutting funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs across the country. The cuts will directly affect at least three pr

Treatments for heat stroke and heat exhaustion are very different, and experts say it's important to know those differences. (gr33n3gg/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a rainy weekend, temperatures are expected to climb this week across the state - and with them, the risk of heat-related illness also climbs. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both serious medical conditions, but the ways they are treated are very different. Sports

There are more ticks in Tennessee this summer because temperatures didn't drop as much during the winter months. Experts advise precautions. (Karolina Kabat/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After a weekend outdoors, you may want to check yourself, your kids and your pets for ticks. The Center for Disease Control is predicting an increase in ticks and the diseases they carry this summer because of a warmer winter. Experts say in most cases if you can remove the tic

The Regulatory Accountability Act could increase consumer exposure to known toxins, say opponents. (John Morgan/flickr.com)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Regulatory Accountability Act (S-951) sounds innocuous enough, but consumer and public-health advocates say it's anything but. The RAA claims to eliminate red tape for manufacturers, but environmental groups say the measure essentially would ban agencies from keeping pes

AARP and other groups call the American Health Care Act's provision that allows people over 50 to be charged more for health coverage an

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Analysts predict insurance premiums could go up by as much as $8,000 for people 50 and older under the American Health Care Act that will go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days. In addition to removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the bill would al

The Netflix series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Suicide rates in Tennessee are on the increase across all age groups, just as a new Netflix series features a story line about a teenager who takes her life in the first episode. The show "13 Reasons Why" is prompting numerous mental-health groups to express concerns about

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