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Tenn. Lawmaker Exiled Over 'Continuing Risk' to Women

Apr 7, 2016
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A Tennessee lawmaker is effectively being quarantined from lawmakers, lobbyists and interns after the state's attorney general determined that he could pose a risk to "unsuspecting women" at the state Capitol complex. 

In what is believed to be a first, the Bible could be adopted as a symbol of Tennessee, after the Legislature narrowly approved a bill designating "the Holy Bible as the official state book." The measure now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam.

"Critics called the proposal both unconstitutional and sacrilegious," Nashville Public Radio reports. "They also pointed out there are many versions of the Bible, none of which are specified in the resolution."

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A bill to have Tennessee state lawmakers fill U.S. Senate vacancies has been defeated. 

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The Tennessee state Senate has passed a bill that would force people who sue state employees or elected officials to pay legal fees if they fail in a lawsuit. 

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A bill seeking to allow Tennessee cities to ban guns from being carried at ticketed events has failed in a House subcommittee. 

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A House subcommittee has shot down a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases in Tennessee.

One of the most powerful figures in Tennessee politics over the past two decades, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, says he won't seek another term.

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As primary polling in Tennessee winds down, election officials report record-breaking absentee and early voting totals. 

TN Governor Haslam Endorses Rubio

Feb 25, 2016
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is endorsing Marco Rubio for the Republican presidential nomination. Haslam says he thinks the Florida Senator has the best chance to beat the Democratic nominee in November. Tennessee is among 12 states holding their Republican presidential primaries this Super Tuesday.

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The Tennessee economy continues a trend of slow and steady growth primarily in urban centers. According to The Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Report released by the Secretary of State’s Office more than 7,700 new businesses were filed from October to December 2015, a more than 7% increase from the same period last year. More than half of these were in the state's four largest counties: Davidson, Shelby, Knox and Hamilton, signaling an increase in urbanization. 

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