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Outdoorsman, author, Murray native and Maryville College professor, Kim Trevathan speaks at Murray State University tonight (April 17) at 6:30 about his journeys on America's waterways. He visits Sounds Good for a preview of his talk, titled "Transformative Places" and addresses the questions of how we determine what constitutes beauty in a landscape and how we make decisions regarding preservation and development.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to continue his annual budget hearings today.

The hearings with agency leaders began last week at the Capitol. They are scheduled to start with the Department of Children's Services.

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A recent report shows Tennessee is leading most states when it comes to screening low-income children for developmental issues.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation today.

According to the report, only four states are screening more low-income children for such issues. It says addressing problems earlier costs less and provides the opportunity to intervene before those problems escalate.

A recent congressional study shows Tennessee's nuclear plants had a total of 258 safety violations between 2000 and 2012.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Government Accountability Office report that's awaiting release. Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures cited in the report show the Sequoyah plant in Soddy-Daisy had 125 violations, of which all but two were lower-level violations.

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with more than 150 employers to help veterans get jobs.

The Paychecks for Patriots initiative will include hiring fairs to be held on Thursday in 13 sites throughout the state and will feature local employers interested in putting veterans to work.

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Tennessee is one of a group of states that has won a $30 million settlement against a marketing company the state says used confusing and deceptive business practices.

According to the state attorney general's office, Affinion and its subsidiaries offer a variety of services, including credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discount travel. Consumers complained that Affinion charged them for services without their authorization.

The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is giving $1 million in grants to increase housing for Tennesseans with mental illness. Officials say the funding will help support development of appropriate housing for people who need a place to live after being discharged from a mental health facility.

The City of Martin’s Brad Thompson joins us to preview activities of The Soybean Festival that can bring up to 40,000 people to Martin to observe west Tennessee’s dominance in soybean production. The festival will be in downtown Martin from September 1 to 8, featuring music by Dustin Lynch, The Martins, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Tim May, Survivor, and Sawyer Brown. According to the festival website, the festival got its start 20 years ago and celebrates the "crossroads of good living," allowing people to "pay homage to a tiny, but worthy vegetable that is capable of feeding and fueling everday lives." See more about Martin's Soybean Festival.

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will again consider instituting a sandhill crane hunt.  State wildlife officials will take public comment, and the commission will decide whether to allow crane hunting when it meets in August. This is the second time in three years that the agency has pondered such a proposal.  The Tennessean reports the commission considered a hunt in 2011 but deferred action on the proposal. 

The public meeting in Manchester, Tenn., about 70 miles from Nashville, was supposed to address and tamp down discrimination toward Muslims there.

But instead it turned into a shouting match.

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