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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: Livable Wages/Working Families

The elimination of the SALT deduction that largely benefits the middle class has a broad swath of citizens groups and state and local leaders concerned. (Hamza Butt/flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After a failed attempt to revamp health care, Congress and the president now are turning their attention to tax reform. Among the proposed policies on the chopping block is the elimination of a provision that allows homeowners to deduct state and local property taxes from th

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

On-bill financing allows homeowners to pay for the cost of weatherization through their electric bill. (Miheco/flickr.com)

UNICOI, Tenn. – As the mercury climbs, so will the energy bills for consumers across Tennessee. Energy-efficiency measures can go a long way in reducing usage, but their cost often presents a roadblock for thousands of families. Programs known in the industry as on-bill financing allow homeo

Tennessee ranks fifth in the country in terms of money-related stress, according to research firm WalletHub. (aaayyymm eeelectrik/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Feeling stressed out these days? You're not alone. A recent national survey ranks Tennessee the ninth most stressed state in the country - when taking into account family, health, work and money considerations. However, the analysis by research firm WalletHub ranks the state fift

NET Trans in northeast Tennessee serves parts of the community where city transportation does not reach. (NET Trans)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Who funds regional transportation is a growing issue as the state's rural population expands outside of city limits. NET Trans in northeast Tennessee is one example. It serves 48 percent of the coverage area in the region but receives no federal funding. That's expecte

AARP Foundation is offering free tax preparation assistance through its Tax-Aide program across Tennessee beginning next week. (Tax/Flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tax season is upon us, and AARP of Tennessee is offering free tax assistance beginning next week as part of its Tax-Aide program. This season, nearly 400 volunteers will prepare taxes at 66 locations across Tennessee. Pam Holcombe, coordinator for the program in Tennessee,

A report released this week finds a disparity in the loans offered to small businesses in low-income communities and the money available. (Bob Jagendorf/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Many of the more than 500,000 small businesses in Tennessee count on capital from bank loans to grow. But a new report released Tuesday by the Woodstock Institute finds the number of bank loans issued to small businesses is on the decline. Specifically, small-business loan

Homes For All Nashville is working with the Legal Aid Society to make sure tenants in Tennessee understand their rights when it comes to renting in the state. (Alvine/Homes For All Nashville)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Across Tennessee, and specifically in metropolitan areas, havens of affordable housing are becoming gentrified urban neighborhoods. The trend may be great for curb appeal for the property owners, but it's often low-income families left holding the bag. Organizations such a

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