Jim Cooper

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WMOT)  -- Tennessee’s Democratic congressman are among those who continue to stage a sit in on the floor of the U.S. House Representatives.

Middle Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper is using Facetime to talk with media and supporters from the floor of the house. West Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen took to Twitter to say “Proud to join my colleagues… Time to take action.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee and 25 other states have blocked President Obama’s attempts to shield millions of immigrants from deportation thanks to a 4-4 decision announced by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices' one-sentence opinion delivered Thursday morning effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --  A Republican Senator will try Wednesday to drum up bipartisan support for a gun control measure in Washington following the Orlando terror attack, while here in Tennessee public universities are wrestling with how best to implement a new law that allows guns on campus.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is pushing a compromise gun control measure that would let federal prosecutors bar guns for the 81,000 people on the federal no-fly list, and the 28,000 people on the government's selectee list.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee consumers are feeling much better about the economy, but still intend to keep a tight grip on the family purse strings.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the quarterly consumer sentiment survey for Middle Tennessee State University. He says the latest numbers clearly show consumer confidence is on the rise. As a result, survey results indicate most Tennesseans plan to spend more money in the near future.

On the down side, when Graeff asked state residents if they planned to buy any big ticket items in the near future most said “No.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee’s Republican Senators voted strictly along party lines yesterday when gun safety bills inspired by the Orlando terror attack came up for consideration at the nation’s capital.

The Nashville Posts reports that Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted in favor of GOP measures that would have prevented individual gun purchases to anyone on government watch lists, but only if a prosecutor was convinced that person was a threat. They also voted to expand resources for gun sales background checks.