PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Most human trafficking victims will encounter a medical professional, and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.,  sponsored legislation that would give medical professionals tools to identify people who are being exploited. (ACF OPA)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Human trafficking is a significant problem in Tennessee, with its size, number of interstate highways and relatively healthy economy. But it's not always easy to spot the warning signs when someone is a victim. This week, the U.S. House passed legislation sponsored by Tennes

Tennesseans are paying more than $1 million over their lifetimes to smoke, according to a report released this week. (Una Mateo/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Among the items on hundreds of Tennesseans' New Year's resolution lists are promises to quit smoking. But a new study by survey giant WalletHub gives a $1 million reason why the state needs to kick the habit. In the report The Real Cost of Smoking by State, analysts rank

Young Tennesseans are joining others around the world to engage in community service online. (

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A growing number of Tennessee young people are finding community-service opportunities online. is one portal that offers projects focusing on everything from hunger and violence to discrimination. Historically, the organization found its home in traditional

Experts recommend a reduction in eating sweets and maintaining a healthy weight as ways to prevent diabetes. (Puno 3000/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With most folks' diets a bit upside down this holiday season with parties and family dinners, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is reminding people about the importance of diabetes prevention. The Volunteer State has the fifth highest percentage of adults with diabe

Experts believe increased online use may prompt suicidal thoughts among at-risk teens, as they compare their lives unfavorably to what others post. (Ryan Melaugh/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – You may want to limit your teen's use of social media over the long holiday weekend. A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide. According to th

More than 30 young people from Tennessee who are at risk of deportation are in Washington this week to talk with members of Congress about the importance of passing a Dream Act. (Wally Gobetz/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 30 young people from Tennessee are in Washington, D.C., today to share their message with government leaders. They are part of a group of 1,000 of their peers, demanding that Congress pass the Dream Act to prevent more than 8,000 DACA residents in Tennessee from being

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

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