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The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - TN: Youth Issues

Johnson City schools is transitioning its approach to alternative education for students having trouble in school - offering them a source of help instead of a dead-end. (Paradox 56/flickr)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- For years, being sent to an alternative school meant a dead end for students in Tennessee and across the nation. But at least one school system in the state wants to change that. Johnson City is transitioning their Alternative Center into the Topper Academy. In addition to a

Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of reading a day for younger children during the summer. (Reading is Fundamental)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The lazy days of summer are celebrated by Tennessee students and parents, but in between trips to the pool and the inevitable video-game session, educators say reading has to be made part of the routine. According to the organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experie

The Netflix series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Suicide rates in Tennessee are on the increase across all age groups, just as a new Netflix series features a story line about a teenager who takes her life in the first episode. The show "13 Reasons Why" is prompting numerous mental-health groups to express concerns about

Rutherford County now is temporarily prevented from holding juveniles in solitary confinement until a lawsuit is resolved. (Hannah/flickr.com)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Tennessee counties may be reconsidering their use of solitary confinement for juveniles after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Rutherford County from subjecting youths to isolation cells. The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of

Sky lanterns such as this one are illegal to use by Tennesseans unless they have a commercial license to set off fireworks. (Bhavishya Goel/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This weekend, the rumble and boom of celebratory fireworks will be heard across the state as communities celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. But the State Fire Marshal's office is asking Tennesseans to leave it to the experts this holiday. Kevin Walters, communications di

The well-being of Tennessee children is not as positive as it was a year ago, according to a report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While there are some signs of a recovering economy in Tennessee, many are being left out of the uptick, and that's now being illustrated by how the state's children are doing when it comes to access to resources and health care. According to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, the stat

Beginning in July Tennessee public schools will be required to increase physical education for children up to sixth grade. (Ian Schofield/flickr.com)

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - "Let's Get Physical." And like the song, starting in July Tennessee students in elementary schools will be doing more of just that with a change in state law that will require them to get additional physical activity. Currently students are required to perform at least 90 minute

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Tennesseans are encouraged to seek professional help if they feel stress, sadness or other emotions they feel unable to cope with. (WanMohd/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and experts are reminding Tennesseans about the importance of checking in on the psychological health of themselves and their loved ones. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Al

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