Medicine and Health

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors performing abortions on girls younger than 18 years old would be required to preserve a sample of the fetal tissue for law enforcement under a bill making its way through the Tennessee Statehouse.

Currently the threshold is 13.

The proposal is the latest abortion related legislation Republican state lawmakers have introduced following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill that would reduce the number of abortions throughout the state.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s new mental health Crisis Treatment Center is open and accepting patients.

The facility is located in Metro Center and accepts patients on an emergency basis 24/7 year round.

The facility offers Nashville residents an alternative to calling police when a loved one is in crisis. It also provides police an alternative to jailing individuals in mental distress.

The Center held its grand opening this past week. Mayor David Briley was the keynote speaker.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  You may be surprised to learn that Nashville resident have a legal obligation to provide outdoor pets with extra care during winter cold snaps.

Daytime highs across Middle Tennessee will stay below freezing through Friday morning. Overnight lows will be in the twenties and teens.

Taking special care of your four legged friends on cold days isn’t just the right thing to do, but is also required by city ordinance.

Tennessee suffers sharp spike in child suicides

Jan 22, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new report from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides among children between 10 and 17 spiked more than 54 percent in three years.

On average, a child commits suicide somewhere in Tennessee each week and suicide is now the second leading cause of deaths among children.

While there's no single reason people take their own lives, Network Executive Director Scott Ridgway says children's exposure to what he calls "mature concepts" should be a concern.