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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2017 


On today’s nationwide rundown; President Trump reveals an outline for tax reform; we take a look at the cost to consumers on the latest version of the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and why the food industry wants to put nutrition information on the back burner.

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Public News Service - TN: Poverty Issues

The IMPROVE Act would make $10 billion available through a state gas tax increase to complete necessary infrastructure upgrades and repairs across Tennessee. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What started as legislation to tackle Tennessee's crumbling infrastructure and compensate for loss of gas tax revenue from more fuel efficient vehicles now may also help the state's most vulnerable residents. The State Legislature is expected to give final approval to the IMPRO

An artist's rendering of the micro home village planned as temporary housing in south Nashville. (Open Table Nashville)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The tiny home craze has become more than a curiosity for viewers of lifestyle television networks. A community of 20 "micro homes" is planned for south Nashville as an innovative solution to the plight of the homeless. Open Table Nashville is behind the effort to provide t

A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds that 96 percent of children in Tennessee are now covered by health insurance. (Morguefile.com/anitapeppers)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost 96 percent of Tennessee children have health insurance with an additional 23,000 children getting coverage since 2013, according to a report released today from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Linda O'Neal, executive director of the Tenne

The 3-Star Health Plan would offer employment services for those battling mental health issues. (clarita/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee state lawmakers who return to Nashville after the presidential election are expected to take up the issue of the 3-Star Health Plan put together by a task force earlier this year. In addition to providing health coverage to people in the state currently ineli

More Tennessee children have access to dental care through TennCare and CHIP, according to the federal government. (xenia/Morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The number of children receiving dental care through the state's TennCare program is on the rise. The care provided for Medicaid-eligible children has increased by 3 percent since the new company managing the care, DentaQuest, won the contract. According to federal figur

Congress is considering a bill that would fund state pilot programs to help low-income families provide diapers for their children. (Morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The literal dirty truth about child rearing is the high price of diapers - which can cost families from $70 to $80 per month per child. Congress is considering legislation that would fund pilot programs in states such as Tennessee to help low-income families afford this necessity.

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

Population growth, increased demand and a lack of budget increases are three factors contributing to Tennessee's shortage of public defenders in some jurisdictions. (Scalesofjustice/flickr.com)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – This week Williamson County made headlines when the district's public defender said her assistants will not be taking on new cases because of their existing case load. The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference – charged with filling the state's obligation to

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