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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

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Processed foods such as candy can trigger opiate receptors in brains, which could explain why once you start eating a handful of candy or chips, it's hard to stop. Credit: rosevita/morguefile.com

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While many of us still are digesting the news from the World Health Organization that the comfort and convenience foods of bacon and lunch meat could cause cancer, some experts also say processed foods can play a role in addiction. After studying nutrition and addiction for 30 ye

A Mercy for Animals investigation found chickens at a Dukedom, Tennessee, farm were bred to grow so quickly they became crippled under their own weight. Credit: Mercy for Animals.

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DUKEDOM, Tenn. – A Tennessee chicken farm has lost its contract to provide chickens for McDonald's through Tyson Foods, after the chicken supplier announced it was terminating its contract with the farmer. Late last week, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released the results of an un

A new study published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, finds that a regular diet of Southern foods can increase your risk of heart disease by 56 percent. Credit: American Heart Association

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The long-term health impact of consuming fried chicken, sweet tea and other traditional Southern comfort foods can increase your risk of heart disease by 56 percent, a new study suggests. According to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, peopl

PHOTO: A total of $55,000 is being distributed today to the five food banks in the state thanks to a project by AARP Tennessee and Walgreens. Photo credit: Billy Brown/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift being presented today will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table. The five Feeding America food banks in the state are each receiving a check for $11,000. With more than one million people in the state fac

PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit: www.anotherlunch.com/Flickr.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students across the state returning to school this month, forming friendships and making the team, but also generating a massive amount of trash. Over the next school year it's estimated the average student lunch will generate more than 60 pounds of garbage, says Leslie Holsapple,

IMAGE: The Tennessee Department of Health has launched a new hotline to help support mothers who are breastfeeding, with lactation experts taking calls 24/7.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a bounty of benefits for both babies and moms, Tennessee is launching a new effort to help support mothers who are breastfeeding. Those with questions can now call a free hotline staffed by lactation experts. The need is great, according to Michelle Devlin, area coordinator

PHOTO: Shareholders of Cracker Barrel have voted in support of a resolution commending the restaurant chain for its plan to eliminate the use of gestation crates in its pork supply chain. Photo credit: Eli Christman

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LEBANON, Tenn. - The recent decision by Cracker Barrel restaurants to remove gestation crates from its pork supply chain is earning praise from its shareholders. At Cracker Barrel's annual meeting, shareholders voted in favor of a resolution supporting the move away from the small cages, which Matt

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a vast array of known benefits from the age-old practice, the number of mothers who first turn to breastfeeding in this country is on the rise. The increase in breastfeeding isn't an anomaly, but a return to the norm, according to International Board-Certified Lactation Consu

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