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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


2021Talks - March 3rd, 2021 


Supreme Court hears voting-rights cases, while the House considers election reforms; FBI says 'Antifa' wasn't involved on Jan. 6; COVID relief could pass this week; and background-check bills are introduced in both chambers.

Public News Service - TN: Housing/Homelessness

Despite the nationwide eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many renters are being forced to leave their homes during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As eviction moratoriums let up at the start of the new year, more families are likely to experience homelessness. People without stable housing are at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. And with the onset of cold weather, providers expect a spike in demand for shelter,

Nearly 70% of cities report that substance abuse remains the largest cause of homelessness for single adults, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.(Adobe Stock)

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A handful of substance-abuse and mental-health treatment centers around the state will receive funding to hire regional housing facilitators tasked with helping people who are in recovery find safe and affordable housing. Michael Waltke is senior director of adult outpatient men

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

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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

Homes For All Nashville is working with the Legal Aid Society to make sure tenants in Tennessee understand their rights when it comes to renting in the state. (Alvine/Homes For All Nashville)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Across Tennessee, and specifically in metropolitan areas, havens of affordable housing are becoming gentrified urban neighborhoods. The trend may be great for curb appeal for the property owners, but it's often low-income families left holding the bag. Organizations such a

Firefighters from around the region traveled to Gatlinburg and Sevierville to fight the fires. (National Park Service)

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Last night, thousands of dollars were raised to help people affected by the wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, largely led by Dolly Parton, featured celebrities including Hank Williams Junior

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs recommends people use caution when seeking rental property from individuals, particularly on Craigslist, after reports of scams. (midvale/morguefile)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Perusing the classifieds in the Sunday paper for a rental property is becoming less common, as Tennesseans turn to websites for their searches. But the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs warns not all listings are legitimate. Claire Marsalis, assistant director of communicati

A report by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative recommends states take steps to promote normalcy among children living in foster care. (JoeysPhotos/morguefile.com)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eight-thousand children in Tennessee are spending the holiday break with their foster families, and recent efforts at the national and state level are making it easier for them to experience a normal childhood. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, r

Thousands of Syrians are displaced as a result of the country's civil war. Some are expected to arrive in Tennessee in the next few months. Credit: United Nations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee will likely receive some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Barack Obama says the U.S. will admit for resettlement over the next 12 months. The Tennessee Office for Refugees, based in Nashville, is waiting for more information on the families it will help reloca

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