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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - TN: Civic Engagement

Tennessee teachers are using the tag #DefendDACA to speak out in support of the program for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors. (Paradox 56/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday, educators across the state are taking to social media to speak out in support of their students affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program. Using the social media tag '#DefendDACA,' teachers are calling on Tennessee's U.S. Senators Lam

While the U.S. Senate debates the future of health care, local leaders are left with uncertainty about how to handle their community health needs. (Sai Dhanush AV/flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – While the U.S. Senate battles over its version of a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - uncertainty about the future of health care is impacting local leaders. The topic is among those being discussed this week at the National Association of Counties

Conservationists say the views of the Smoky Mountains provide a

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Scientists blame global warming for the drought conditions that caused the Smoky Mountain wildfires to spread in November, and now several groups are concerned that President Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency could reverse policies that have brought abou

Clean Air Moms Action purchased television ads opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, the Trump administration is working to get its remaining Cabinet members confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including his pick to lead the EPA. Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompti

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,

A report from the Institute for Southern Studies found that in the recent election, in Tennessee Democrats made up 34-percent of the votes, but only 22-percent of the actual seats. (justgrimes/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A report from the Institute for Southern Studies finds that gerrymandering continues to impact the outcome of Tennessee's state and national races. In the recent election, Democrats made up 34 percent of the votes, but only 22 percent of the actual seats. Allie Yee, the in

As of the end of this week, the Tennessee Economic Council on Women will shut its doors, because of lack of support from the State Assembly. (Goretex/Flickr.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state agency focused on the economic growth of women in Tennessee will shut its doors this week. The Tennessee Economic Council on Women is closing after 18 years because it didn't get enough support in the State Assembly to remain open. The mission of the organization was to

Scot Campbell, founder of HelpYourNeighbor.com, helps a fellow community member. (Campbell)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Borrowing a cup of sugar from the house next door doesn't happen as much these days. Thirty-percent of Tennesseans have never met their neighbors, according to research from the urban policy think tank, City Observatory. But folks are finding new ways to connect. Through a website

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