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NH gun-safety advocates advise services, bipartisan laws after deadly shootings; Food banks, pantries address rising food insecurity during winter holidays; Despite cost debate, some MN businesses intrigued by paid-leave law.

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Muslim American leaders in swing states like Michigan threaten to Abandon Biden, VP Harris criticizes greenwashing at COP28, former congresswoman Cheney calls the GOP a "threat," and George Santos is expelled.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.


Determining SNAP eligibility involves considering such factors as residency, age, relationship, citizenship, Social Security number assignment, employment, resources, income and relevant deductions. (Mikhailov Studio/Adobe Stock)
TN families hit 'income cliff' when trying to get SNAP benefits

With the next Farm Bill stalled in Congress and rising food insecurity in Tennessee, advocacy groups say there's a pressing need to address a hurdle …

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The latest KFF survey reveals one in six respondents say they can't afford to take time off work to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including more than one-third of Hispanic adults and one-in-five Black adults. (Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock)
COVID vaccine resources for older minorities in Tennessee

A new survey found 59% of Black and Hispanic adults reported they have already received the new COVID-19 vaccine or intend to do so. According to …

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Hispanic and multiracial high schoolers were most likely to report poor mental health, while Black and Hispanic students were most likely to report symptoms of depression, according to The Sycamore Institute report. (Highwaystarz/Adobe Stock)
Report uncovers trends in TN youth mental health crisis

More young people in Tennessee are experiencing poor mental health and symptoms of depression, and suicide attempts have been trending upward…

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The University of Tennessee System saw an increase in enrollment this fall with more than 58,000 students enrolled in the system's five campuses, representing a 4.8% increase from last fall.<br />(Rido/AdobeStock)
UT System rolls out guaranteed admission for top high-school grads

As a bold step to attract academically gifted students, the University of Tennessee System is implementing a guaranteed admissions program. This …

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The Social Security Administration calculates its annual cost-of-living adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, which is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/AdobeStock)
TN Social Security beneficiaries can expect a 3.2% increase in 2024

Social Security is a critical benefit for older Americans, and recipients in Tennessee and across the country will see an increase in their benefits …

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Black Americans have a disproportionately higher prevalence of stroke and the highest death rate from stroke compared with any other racial group. (Waseem Ali Khan/AdobeStock)
Tennesseans encouraged to act 'FAST' on World Stroke Day

In Tennessee and across the country, this Sunday is World Stroke Day. One out of four people worldwide will experience a stroke in his or her …

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The Sierra Club's
Report: Major TN utility lags in clean energy transition

A report by the Sierra Club rates utility companies for what they say they are doing to transition to cleaner energy sources, compared to what they …

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A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found flu shots lower the chance of getting the flu by from 40% to 60% among the general population. (RFBSIP/AdobeStock)
Seasonal influenza prevention starts now in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health is offering free flu vaccines at more than 100 county health departments across the state beginning Nov. 1…

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Tennesseans will see peak colors for fall foliage across the state through Oct. 28, according to the Farmer's Almanac 2023. (Jacki/AdobeStock) <br /><br /><br />
Report highlights importance of leaving autumn leaves for wildlife

While it might feel natural to rake the leaves in your yard this fall, the leaves might play a more natural role in your garden or lawn. A new …

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Medical interpreter cohort students after completing first half of their training. The vision of Centro Hispano is to see every Latino and Latina in East Tennessee thriving culturally, educationally and economically. (Courtesy of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee)
Knoxville nonprofit bridges language divide in Latino community

For the growing population of Latinos in Knoxville, having a medical interpreter can make a world of difference. The nonprofit Centro Hispano de …

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The Environmental Protection Agency uses RadNet monitors to track fluctuations in gamma radiation emitted from airborne radioactive particles in Tennessee. (hamara/Adobe Stock)
TN group takes up nuclear weapons prohibition at UN meeting

A Knoxville group of concerned citizens will head next month to an international meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York. Their focus is …

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Ford's BlueOval City complex could create up to 30,000 jobs in the region, including site operations and support positions, with more than $1 billion in annual earnings. (Mike Mareen/Adobe Stock)
Ford BlueOval City to boost jobs, economy in rural west TN

Most of the news about the automotive industry this month is focused on the United Auto Workers' strike against the Big Three automakers, but the …

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