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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - TN: Consumer Issues

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

In Tennessee, suspected drunk drivers can now refuse to take a blood-alcohol test without facing additional fines or jail time. (Rob Nguyen/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People accused of drunk driving in Tennessee no longer face additional charges if they refuse a blood alcohol test. Tennessee lawmakers say they were forced to pass a new drunk driving law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that implied-consent laws were unconstitutional,

For the last 13 years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation has provided age-appropriate books to children born in Tennessee, birth to age five. (Governor's Books from Birth Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 age

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

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