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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - TN: HIV/AIDS Prevention

President Barack Obama is proposing additional funding for rape kit reform across the country. Tennessee still has thousands of untested kits. (U.S. Army/Flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – President Barack Obama has included an additional $41 million in funding for rape kit testing reform in his 2017 budget. If it survives the contentious federal budgeting process, the money could help process the more than 9,000 untested rape kits at Tennessee law enforcement

PHOTO: With early detection and proper treatment, people with HIV can live long, independent lives and keep the infection from progressing into AIDS. Photo credit: Bordecia33/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As National HIV Testing Day is recognized today (Friday) across Tennessee and the country, the vision of virtually ending AIDS is slowly moving toward reality. Patrick Luther, chief program officer for Nashville Cares, points out that there are many new advancements and eff

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby took its case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, with company owners arguing that they shouldn't have to provide contraception coverage for workers because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The arguments are over, and now the waiting begins as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the new federal health-care law. Attorneys for two for-profit companies argued before the justices on Tuesday that requiring their insurance to cover bi

PHOTO: It was June 7th of 1965 when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized contraception for married couples. CREDIT: Nate Grigg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today marks the anniversary of a historic milestone in Americans' access to birth control and the reproductive rights of women. It was on this date in 1965 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that married couples have the right to birth control in the case of Griswold v. Con

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two Tennessee Planned Parenthood affiliates on Thursday sued the state Department of Health in federal court over funding for HIV and syphilis prevention which they say was revoked without cause or warning. The funding cut affects Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee a

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is facing a possible HIV epidemic, according to new research from Duke University and the Southern HIV-AIDS Strategy Initiative. The report finds that 35 percent of newly-reported HIV infections came from eight southern states in 2009, the most recent year for which figu

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood in Tennessee apparently has failed, now that Republican leaders acknowledge constitutional problems with the approach. Still, they vow to try again next session. State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) had tried amending the state's budge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Overall, teen pregnancies in the United States are on the decline, but Tennessee still ranks among the top ten states for higher rates, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women's health advocates believe the differences among states indicate th

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