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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - TN: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Incidents such as this fire in a church in Mississippi, where arson is suspected, are believed to be on the rise in the United States. (ProPublica)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there were 275 incidences of hate crimes against people or their personal property between 2015 and 2016, the most recent data available. But numerous reports from independent groups say hate crimes are on the rise. One s

This statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of two that some Memphis residents are asking be removed. (Ron Cogswell/Flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - More than 4,500 people are asking the city of Memphis to remove two Confederate statues. The group "Take Them Down 901" wants the city to take down statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park and Jefferson Davis from Fourth Bluff Park. Organizer Tami Sawyer said her

This weekend, hundreds will gather for the National Immigrant Integration Conference, marking the first time the event has been held in the Southeast. (NIIC)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This weekend, hundreds of policymakers and advocacy groups will converge in Nashville to discuss ways to better integrate immigrants into communities in Tennessee and the rest of the country. The National Immigrant Integration Conference is in its sixth year, but this is th

The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution directing the state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly failing to consult with the state on refugee resettlement. Pictured here are Syrian children in a refugee camp in Syria. (Mehmet Bilgin/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Senate this week passed a resolution that directs the state attorney general to sue the federal government over policies surrounding refugee resettlement. Specifically, the resolution alleges the federal government failed to consult with the state on the issue, while

Thousands of Syrians are displaced as a result of the country's civil war. Some are expected to arrive in Tennessee in the next few months. Credit: United Nations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee will likely receive some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Barack Obama says the U.S. will admit for resettlement over the next 12 months. The Tennessee Office for Refugees, based in Nashville, is waiting for more information on the families it will help reloca

Festivals from Memphis to Bristol are now evaluating the Guns in Parks law, passed by state lawmakers earlier this year, and how it could impact their event. Photo credit: John B. Holden/Morguefile.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Under a law passed earlier this year, people with a concealed-carry permit can take a gun inside a private concert or event, even if event organizers wish to prohibit firearms. That's the conclusion of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who issued the opinion at the

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di

PHOTO: A new pilot program in Davidson County is designed to address underlying problems that can lead to juvenile delinquency and crime, and intervening during kids' earliest encounters with the juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Larry Farr/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One Tennessee county is overhauling the way kids are treated in its juvenile justice system, in the hopes their futures will yield better, more successful results. Davidson County is changing everything from what children wear when they're in custody, to the job titles and

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