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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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Public News Service - TN: Consumer Issues

The Regulatory Accountability Act could increase consumer exposure to known toxins, say opponents. (John Morgan/flickr.com)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Regulatory Accountability Act (S-951) sounds innocuous enough, but consumer and public-health advocates say it's anything but. The RAA claims to eliminate red tape for manufacturers, but environmental groups say the measure essentially would ban agencies from keeping pes

TVA will install 3,500 miles of fiber optic lines across its seven-state coverage area over the next three years. (Twilight Jones/flickr.com)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- What you can access on the internet may soon change with the Federal Communications Commission's vote to begin rolling back net neutrality regulations late last week. "Net neutrality” refers to the expectation that internet service providers will provide equal access to

On-bill financing allows homeowners to pay for the cost of weatherization through their electric bill. (Miheco/flickr.com)

UNICOI, Tenn. – As the mercury climbs, so will the energy bills for consumers across Tennessee. Energy-efficiency measures can go a long way in reducing usage, but their cost often presents a roadblock for thousands of families. Programs known in the industry as on-bill financing allow homeo

AARP and other groups call the American Health Care Act's provision that allows people over 50 to be charged more for health coverage an

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Analysts predict insurance premiums could go up by as much as $8,000 for people 50 and older under the American Health Care Act that will go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days. In addition to removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the bill would al

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

The Congressional Budget Office, in its report released Monday, predicts higher premiums for older Americans, and research from AARP supports that finding. (pixxiestails/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-four million people by 2026. That's the estimate given by the estimate given by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of how many people would lose health coverage if the American Health Care Act is passed and signed into law. The report points out the AHCA al

Legislation in the Tennessee State Assembly would allow trained caregivers to perform simple health-maintenance tasks, such as administering medicine to in-home patients. (A./Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As it now stands in Tennessee, only a registered nurse can provide basic health care to in-home patients. While the law may sound logical on paper, state Rep. Darren Jernigan, D-Nashville, said he experienced firsthand how that requirement may complicate things for patients

The Tennessee Fire Marshal recommends users of medical oxygen place signage in and outside of their homes to prevent accidental exposure to flame or heat. (Jason Eppink/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For thousands of Tennesseans with medical issues like COPD or cancer, using a medical oxygen tank is necessary for survival. But according to the State Fire Marshal, a lack of safety precautions when using supplemental air resulted in six fire-related deaths in 2016 and more than

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