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The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.

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With hundreds of protesters assembled outside, Sen. Mitch McConnell held a contentious town hall-type event in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday.

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Tennessee Republican legislative leaders are suggesting stricter security to enter the Capitol complex after a few dozen protesters interrupted a news conference about transgender bathroom access. 

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Paducah residents are holding a rally in front of Paducah City Hall Tuesday called ‘Paducah Stands for Kentucky.’ 

From the Black Lives Matter movement to environmentalists trying to stop new oil pipelines to the recent Women's March against President Trump, the past year has been filled with large, often spontaneous protests.

Now the reaction to those protests is appearing in a number of Republican-controlled statehouses across the country, where lawmakers are introducing proposals to increase penalties for those who block roadways while protesting.

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A group of about 70 teachers, parents and other area residents rallied in downtown Bowling Green to voice their opposition to President Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Education. 

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Women from across Kentucky are heading to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Women’s March On Washington, scheduled for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45thpresident of the United States.

A western Kentucky resident delivering supplies to protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline says the blizzard is making it hard for supporters to safely make the journey, but morale amongst those there is high because ‘they have something to fight for, rather than against.’


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Several hundred people gathered at the federal courthouse in Louisville Tuesday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline project; other similar rallies were held simultaneously in cities around the country.

Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

Feb 17, 2012
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This past week, the Tennessee House passed a bill that would force Occupy Nashville’s encampment off the plaza outside the capitol.  Debate in the state Senate delayed action on the measure for a week, granting protesters a temporary reprieve. Some protesters began taking down tents Wednesday, but they said their movement was not defeated. They instead argued the camp had become a distraction from the inequalities that first galvanized Occupy Wall Street. This report brought to you by Daniel Potter of WPLN.