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2013 TN General Assembly
7:47 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee House Passes Bill Letting Cities Form School Systems

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A measure that would clear the way for Tennessee cities to form municipal school systems has passed the House.

Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville sponsored the proposal that passed 70-24 Monday. The companion bill was also scheduled to be taken up by the full Senate.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:41 am
Tue April 16, 2013

EpiPen Bill Goes to Tennessee Governor

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Legislation requiring at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all Tennessee public and private schools is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate unanimously approved the measure Monday before the House passed it 90-0.

The so-called EpiPen is a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. Under the proposal, a prescribing doctor or administering nurse would be protected from any injury to a child, unless there was "an intentional disregard for safety."

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:35 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee Senate Panel OKs School Security Bill

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A proposal allowing Tennessee school districts to hire individuals with prior law enforcement experience to handle security is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Frank Niceley passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-2 Monday. The companion bill is set to be heard on the House floor today.

The proposal would allow schools to hire retired law enforcement officers after they meet certain requirements, such as completing a 40-hour school security course. Police officers are typically required to have about 400 hours of training. 

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Government
7:28 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee DCS to Improve Abuse Investigator Training

The Department of Children's Services is reorganizing following problems that led to former Commissioner Kate O’Day’s resignation.

One of the biggest changes includes teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to better train child abuse investigators.

Interim Commissioner Jim Henry says district attorneys sometimes are unwilling to prosecute a case because of problems with the investigation. Henry also says DCS is moving forward with a new process for reviewing child deaths that officials hope will be a "gold standard" for the nation.

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Politics
7:24 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Quinn Says Filing Last-Minute Taxes is OK

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says there's nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute to file tax returns.

Quinn says in the past he has even been guilty of coming right up against the deadline. Today is the final day to file 2012 tax returns. Quinn says paying taxes isn’t fun, but it's the price of living in a democracy.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Push for Tenessee Education Bills in Final Days of Session

Tennessee lawmakers trying to wrap up the General Assembly this month are hoping to push through two key education proposals.

One measure creates a state panel to authorize charter schools for five counties, and the other seeks to clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems. The session began with several proposals aimed at continuing education reform in Tennessee.

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Crime
7:16 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Thefts Pick Up at Hickman Farm Supplier

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Fulton County Sheriff Bobby Hopper says he suspects ammonia thefts have increased at an agricultural supplier's tank farm because the thieves sent to jail earlier are now out again.

Thefts of anhydrous ammonia have picked up at Speed Ag in Hickman. The substance is a popular farm fertilizer also used in making methamphetamine.

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Politics
10:15 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Liberal PAC Leader a Witness in McConnell Probe

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The attorney for the director of a liberal Kentucky political fundraising group says his client is cooperating with an FBI investigation into a secret recording of a campaign meeting held by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. That recording was leaked to Mother Jones magazine. 

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Business
8:07 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Track to Open in 2015

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A Tennessee nuclear plant that began construction in 1973 is on schedule to open in December 2015. During a conference call Thursday, Tennessee Valley Authority Senior Vice President of Nuclear Construction Mike Skaggs said the Watts Bar 2 plant is on schedule and on budget at a projected cost of between $4 and $4 and a half billion dollars.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:35 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Tennessee House Approves Changes to Injured Workers' Claims

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The Tennessee House has approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to change the way the state considers injured workers' claims after defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal.

The chamber voted 68-24 to approve the bill. The Senate would have to agree to minor changes before the measure can head to the governor.

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