MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A coalition of groups opposed to Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law are scheduled to hold a press conference on Legislative Plaza Wednesday afternoon.
The upcoming Super Tuesday presidential preference primary March 6th will be the first state-wide vote where the new law will be enforced. Most voters will be required to present some type of state or federal ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.
Opponents have launched initiatives to repeal the law as well as efforts to get voters the kind of photo ID they’ll need to vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 46 institutions of higher learning governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents have nothing to fear from President Barack Obama’s latest education initiative, according to TBR Chancellor John Morgan.
The Associated Press says in a story released Monday that the Obama administration is concerned about rising student debt, which now averages over $25,000. The president is also reportedly concerned by the apparent disconnect between what students learn at the nation's universities and the skills employers say they're looking for.
ATLANTA (AP/WMOT) — Health officials say the flu season is finally here, but so far few cases have been reported in Tennessee.
Until this month, there weren't enough cases in the U.S. to signal the start of the season.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says this is the slowest start to the flu season in nearly 25 years. Flu season usually starts in December or January. Often, it's half over by this point in the year.
Here in Tennessee, the CDC is calling the incidence of flu "sporadic."
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The nation has seen a rapid rise in fuel prices in recent weeks. The Triple “A” Fuel Gauge report says the average price for regular gas in the U.S. now stands at is $3.55.
The average price here in Tennessee is up to $3.48. Middle Tennessee’s prices are some of the highest in the state at $3.52. Memphis and Knoxville stand at $3.46 and regular gas in Chattanooga is selling for $3.49.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of a Tennessee elementary school student who claimed he was prohibited from holding playground Bible studies.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments in the case.
The original lawsuit was brought by the parents of student Luke Whitson in 2004. Whitson was in fourth grade at the time and was told by the school that he couldn’t hold Bible studies with his friends on the playground at recess.