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Government
8:58 am
Wed March 21, 2012

TN Bill ending ID requirement for early voting fails

A proposal to allow people to cast early votes in Tennessee without a photo ID has failed in the state House.  The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh sets up a system for photographing voters at the polling place instead of requiring them to provide government-issued photo identification.  The measure failed Tuesday in the House State and Local Government Committee by one vote.  A separate measure seeking to do away with the state's new photo ID law altogether was delayed for a week.

Election 2012
4:41 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Henry Countian to Run for Congressional Seat

Henry County 1st District Commissioner Wes Bradley says he has all the signatures needed to run for the 8th district congressional seat held by republican Stephen Fincher. Bradley is a Henry County native where he has worked in law enforcement for 17 years.   He says if elected he'd advocate for compromise.

“If people come up with a good idea, it doesn’t make any difference who it is’ if it’s good for the people of the 8th district of West Tennessee and it’s good for the nation then you should compromise and go along with it. No matter who comes up with the idea.”

History
11:51 am
Tue March 13, 2012

The Civil War in the Western Rivers Part 3

In the conclusion of our 2011 documentary about the Civil War in the Four Rivers, Todd Hatton looks at the little-known Battle of Paducah, where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest first tasted defeat at the hands of African-American Union soldiers.

History
11:47 am
Tue March 13, 2012

The Civil War in the Western Rivers Part 2

In the second installment of our 2011 documentary on the Civil War in the Four Rivers region, Producer Todd Hatton takes us through the Civil War's beginning in our area, and the west's first significant campaign, Forts Henry and Donelson.

Morning Cram
8:51 am
Mon March 5, 2012

the morning cram [blew out my flip-flop edition]

NPR reports the science behind why we hate political flip-floppers is simple: it's all about brains.

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Weekend OVC Scores
8:12 am
Mon February 27, 2012

MSU Finishes Undefeated Road Season

The number 14 ranked Murray State Racers wrapped up an undefeated road season with a 69 to 64 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.  This brings the OVC Champion Racers to 28 and 1 overall and sets them as the top seed in the conference tournament this week.  MSU will get a bye to the semifinal game this Friday at 6 p.m.

Crew finds Body
7:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Crews Find Body of Barge Worker in Tennessee River

Officials say crews have found the body of a barge worker who fell into the Tennessee River in Marshall County over the weekend.  Marshall Rescue Chief Curt Curtner tells WPSD-TV co-workers lost contact with the man around 1:30 Sunday morning. He says crews were called in to help search and the man's body was located about an hour later.  Curtner says the man's identity isn't being released pending notification of kin and the outcome of an autopsy.

Murray State Sports
8:05 am
Fri February 24, 2012

MSU Downs Tennessee State

The Murray State Racers avenged their only loss of the season last night, defeating the Tennessee State Tigers by 18 points. The Tigers ended Murray State’s bid for perfection earlier this month, upsetting the then number 9-ranked Racers at home. Murray State in turn used last night’s 80-62 win in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 in Nashville to end Tennessee State’s nine game winning streak. The Racers, now 27-1, have one game left at Tennessee Tech Saturday before beginning postseason play at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, where they could face the Tigers for a third time.

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Government
8:24 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Tennessee Bill Would Aid Unemployed Military Spouses

Military spouses who leave their jobs in Tennessee because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a proposed state bill. The measure moved quickly through the Senate last week after Governor Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his fiscal year budget proposal. With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, the state estimates about a third of military personnel are transferred each year.

Society
3:50 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

Malina Chavez http://www.facebook.com/OccupyNashville

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.

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