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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: Social Justice

Tennessee doesn't require background checks for private sale of firearms and receives a failing grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Peretz Partensky/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the nation mourns the lives lost and injuries suffered from the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, questions are emerging about how to prevent future incidents. A national report card from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicates Tennessee isn

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

In Tennessee, suspected drunk drivers can now refuse to take a blood-alcohol test without facing additional fines or jail time. (Rob Nguyen/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People accused of drunk driving in Tennessee no longer face additional charges if they refuse a blood alcohol test. Tennessee lawmakers say they were forced to pass a new drunk driving law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that implied-consent laws were unconstitutional,

One noted attorney says it would be possible for the family of Jocques Clemmons to pursue a civil penalty in connection to his death. (Brandon Anderson/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There will be no criminal charges against the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black Nashville man, but one noted attorney says a civil lawsuit is possible. Jocques Clemmons, 31, was shot in February after a traffic stop. Subodh Chandra was the Cl

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

Research from the University of Kentucky finds no difference in experience between adoptive children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by a man and a woman. (Euro/Flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adopted children of same-sex couples experience no differences from peers being raised in households with heterosexual parents, a study finds. Rachel Farr, developmental psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, studied nearly 100 families in whic

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would attempt to void same sex marriages in the state, and risk losing $8 billion in federal funds for programs for people in need. (mensatic/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A state House panel essentially killed a bill that would have attempted to void same sex marriages in Tennessee despite the Supreme Court decision that legalized the practice nationwide. While the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act won't make it to the floor for a vote

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on immigration in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The future of as many as 50,000 immigrants living in Tennessee remains uncertain. This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction that is preventing the implementation of immigration relief programs announced by President Barack Obama almost

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