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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2017 


The next battle for Senator John McCain is brain cancer; we have the numbers on how repealing ObamaCare without a replacement would devastate families; and we will tell you about a new trend – fresh food as the first medicine.

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Public News Service - TN: Budget Policy & Priorities

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,

For the last 13 years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation has provided age-appropriate books to children born in Tennessee, birth to age five. (Governor's Books from Birth Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 age

TVA will install 3,500 miles of fiber optic lines across its seven-state coverage area over the next three years. (Twilight Jones/flickr.com)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- What you can access on the internet may soon change with the Federal Communications Commission's vote to begin rolling back net neutrality regulations late last week. "Net neutrality” refers to the expectation that internet service providers will provide equal access to

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 IMPROVE Act would make $10 billion available through a state gas tax increase to complete necessary infrastructure upgrades and repairs across Tennessee. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What started as legislation to tackle Tennessee's crumbling infrastructure and compensate for loss of gas tax revenue from more fuel efficient vehicles now may also help the state's most vulnerable residents. The State Legislature is expected to give final approval to the IMPRO

Tennessee is one of five states that doesn't require insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), a common and proven treatment for autism spectrum disorders. (MamiGibbs/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would have required Tennessee health insurers to cover approved autism therapies stalled in a legislative committee, just as Autism Awareness Month begins nationwide. Tennessee is one of only five states in the country that doesn't require coverage for applied

The Tennessee Medical Association recommends the federal government work to improve the existing Affordable Care Act instead of repealing it. (Jason/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. As discussions about the future of the ACA continue at the national and state levels, the Tennessee Medical Association is weighing in on how to improve the quality of health care. The TMA has released new recommendations for ho

Advocates for public transportation are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to make public transportation funding a part of his infrastructure plan this year. (Tennessee Public Transportation Association)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Transportation and infrastructure are areas of focus for Gov. Bill Haslam as he enters the new year, with the governor being quoted as saying he plans to unveil a plan for projects and funding. While work to the state's thousands of miles of roads is no doubt on the list,

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