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PNS Daily News - August 23, 2017 


Chaos expected as the President visits Nevada; New York teachers speak out about standardized test scores; and Illinois lawmakers take on gender-based price discrepancies. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - TN: Urban Planning/Transportation

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

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

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

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,

Nashville's Metro Transit Authority is looking over the next 25 years to add a light rail system like the one seen here in Dallas. (jefzila/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennessee roads today are clogged with people returning to work from the Labor Day weekend. Less prevalent on the roads are public buses and the appearance of light rails running parallel to major thoroughfares. Cities such as Nashville are hoping to change that.

Groups like the Memphis Bus Riders Union want to make sure Tennessee policymakers prioritize funding and availability of public transit. (5demayo/morguefile)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The number of people taking public transit in Tennessee is on the rise, according to the Tennessee Public Transportation Association, and citizen groups are beginning to organize to make sure their city maintains and improves its local bus service. This week, the Memphis Bus Riders

Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, but too many people do it anyway  sometimes with disastrous results.  (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the last 10 years, distracted driving was to blame for more than 172,000 accidents on Tennessee roadways, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety. Experts believe that number is actually higher, with not everyone reporting their distraction at the time of an accident. Ap

More rural Tennessee communities are in line for broadband Internet access, with FCC funding focused on improving service to less-populated areas. Credit: ariadnerb/morguefile

NASHVILLE - Eighty-one thousand homes and businesses in Tennessee are on the list to get a broadband Internet connection. It's part of the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund that began three years ago. The goal is to make sure higher-speed Internet connections are available t

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