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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Tennessee Promise students are required to perform at least eight hours of community service each semester. (Jorge Quinteros/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The free community college scholarships available through the state's Tennessee Promise program are helping more than just the students. As part of the scholarship, students are required to perform eight hours of community service for every semester they're in the program.

Rural hospitals in Tennessee often rely on additional federal funds to keep their doors open, when income doesn't meet expenses (Scott & White Healthcare/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rural health care in Tennessee could take a big hit if Congress doesn't act. Two federal programs that help provide supplemental funding to rural hospitals will lose their funding at the end of this month. Currently, 34 hospitals in the Volunteer State receive funds to help

The increased access to fast food and limited availability of fresh food markets is believed to be among the causes of a high child obesity rate in Tennessee. (Jon Bunting/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennessee children are overweight, with approximately one out of every five classified as obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation’s State of Obesity report ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation compared to other states for its number

Hurricane Harvey flooded this parking garage in Houston, and rain from the storm's remnants is expected to hit Tennessee today. (R. Crap Mariner/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Parts of middle and western Tennessee are waking up to heavy rain Thursday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey move through the state. While the wet weather isn't expected to cause significant damage, the Tennessee Valley Authority is on alert to decide when and if w

Health-care navigators in Tennessee report having trouble convincing people to sign up for the Health Care Exchange. (Hamza Butt/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 260,000 people purchased private health care plans through the Health Care Exchange in Tennessee, but navigators report an uphill battle this year because people feel uncertain about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Mary Moore is program coordinator with Get Cov

The popularity of backyard chickens is believed to be a factor in the rise in salmonella cases. (Thunder Circus/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Growing numbers of Tennesseans are raising backyard chickens, both as pets and as a healthy source of food. While there are plenty of benefits to having feathered friends, the Tennessee Department of Health says it's seen more than 40 cases of salmonella this year that it be

A higher percentage of people living with a disability live in Tennessee's rural areas, indicating the need for more transit options, according to an analysis by ThinkTennessee. (Steve Johnson, flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee skews older than the nation overall, and overall, the state's disability rates are higher in rural communities, according to Census data analyzed by the nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Shanna Hughey, the group’s president, says she hopes ThinkTenness

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

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