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Government
7:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Farmer's Trial Delayed Until October

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Richie Farmer's federal trial on charges of misappropriating government resources when he was agriculture commissioner has been moved to this fall. Farmer’s lawyer, Guthrie True, said he needed more time to prepare for what he expected to be a complex case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor objected to delaying the trial that long, and U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ordered yesterday that it be continued until October 22.

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Politics
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Gets Lower Voting Age Legislation

Illinois 17-year-olds would be able to vote in primary elections in some cases under legislation headed for Governor Pat Quinn.  The measure would allow voters as young as 17 to cast ballots in primaries if they will be 18 by the time of the general election.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Memorial Service Held For Fallen TN State Troopers

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is honoring its fallen troopers this week. In honor of National Police Week, the agency, along with the state Safety Department and Homeland Security, will have its annual memorial service at 9 a.m. Friday at the Safety Department's headquarters in Nashville. Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, Tennessee's adjutant general, will be the keynote speaker. 

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Government
7:28 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Friday Is Wear a Life Jacket to Work Day in TN

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is kicking off National Safe Boating Week with Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day tomorrow. The goal is to promote the use of life jackets as the 2013 summer boating season begins. Participants are asked to wear a life jacket to work in order to demonstrate how easy to wear one.

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Society
7:56 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Memorial For Battle of Hamburger Hill Set

A memorial ceremony is being held at Fort Campbell to mark the 44th anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Members of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade and other units fought for 12 days against North Vietnamese forces before U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured the mountain that the Americans referred to as "Hamburger Hill." The ceremony today  is being hosted by soldiers and veterans from the 3rd Brigade.

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Education
7:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Domestic Kitchen Certification Course Offered In TN

People who want to sell food products in Tennessee made in home kitchens can become certified on May 20. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and UT Extension have a day-long course at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. It costs $100 and requires pre-registration. For information, phone (865) 974-7717. Certification covers such food as baked goods, jams and jellies and candies. People who cater birthday and wedding cakes are not required to take the course.

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Society
7:50 am
Wed May 15, 2013

TN Online Health Assessment Urged For Baby Boomers

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Tennessee health officials are urging people to take a five-minute online assessment about whether they are at risk for hepatitis C. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said baby boomers are five time more likely than the general population to have the disease.

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Government
7:35 am
Tue May 14, 2013

NTSB To Name Cause Of Ship Striking Eggner's Ferry Bridge

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The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to reveal what caused a cargo ship to slam into the Eggner's Ferry Bridge near Aurora in January 2012. The incident is the subject of part of a board meeting this morning in Washington D.C. Late on the night of January 26th, the Delta Mariner ran into the bridge, causing a 322-foot section of the span to collapse.

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Education
7:32 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Foundation Gives UT Martin $100,000 For Rodeo

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The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo program has received a $100,000 donation to fund scholarships for the state's only college rodeo. A charity founded by former Allegro Fine Foods chairman Dave Wilcox has pledged $20,000 a year in scholarships for the next five years. Wilcox was a fixture on the local rodeo scene until his death in 2011. The Betsy Ross Foundation, the charity he named in honor of his late wife, is donating the money.  The donation is the largest gift to rodeo in UT Martin's history.

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Government
7:31 am
Tue May 14, 2013

ILL To Receive $12 Million In Pharmaceutical Settlement

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Illinois is expected to receive more than $12 million in a settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of selling diluted drugs. The state's Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement yesterday. The money is part of a $500 million federal and state settlement against India-based Ranbaxy. The federal lawsuit stated the company knowingly manufactured, distributed and sold 26 generic drugs whose strength, purity or quality fell below standards approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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