Haslam Signs Drug Babies Bill

Apr 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics.

Haslam said Tuesday after signing the bill he knows about the concerns opponents have to the measure and will use updates with the courts and health professionals to monitor its impact.

Health organizations and women's rights advocates called on Haslam to veto the bill. The measure would allow women to be charged with assault if they abuse narcotics while pregnant and give birth to a child who is dependent on drugs or harmed as a result.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals panel says that while the lawsuit of three same-sex couples who were wed in other states makes its way through the courts, Tennessee does not have to recognize their marriages.

In March, a U.S. district court judge in Nashville granted a temporary injunction to the six plaintiffs, forcing the state to recognize their marriages.

But on Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati put the lower court's order on hold because, as the ruling words it, "the law in this area is so unsettled."

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT is again this year asking news makers from across the political spectrum to comment on the just concluded 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

Today we hear from Gera Summerford, President of the State’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Education Association.

Summerford says her teacher members are supportive of reforming education in Tennessee, but also feel that the Haslam Administration has made too many changes too quickly in recent years.


  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a county schools employee on charges of Official Misconduct, Extortion, and Assault in a case that involves a student.

In a joint press statement released yesterday by the Sheriff’s Office and Rutherford County Schools, official say they’ve charged 27 year-old Maurice C. O’Neal of Christiana in connection with the case.

O’Neal is an educational assistant at Riverdale High in Murfreesboro. The school system says he has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a Chattanooga toddler as a homicide after an autopsy report found that a pain patch caused his death.

Chattanooga Police spokesman Tim McFarland tells the Times Free Press that officers are working with the medical examiner's office and the district attorney's office as they investigate the death of Demarcus Bryant, who was almost 2.