Midd-Tenn connections to the Orlando mass shooting

Jun 13, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT) – Local media are reporting a Middle Tennessee man is among the 50 people killed Sunday morning in Orlando in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

No details are available, but WSMV-TV is reporting that 20-year-old LaVergne resident Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo is listed among the dead.

Vigils honoring those murdered in Orlando were held across the state Sunday. WATE-TV says the group Pridefest put on a vigil last night in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville. In Memphis a memorial gathering was held at an LGBT community center.

State of Tennessee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

The Tennesseans reports that Haslam signed the FOCUS Act, a law that creates new boards for Austin Peay in Clarksville, East Tennessee in Johnson City, Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee State in Nashville and the University of Memphis. The University of Tennessee system is not affected.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second year in a row Tennessee has been ranked as one of the most dangerous states in the nation.

WMOT reporting partner ranked Tennessee 47th among the 50 states. Wallethub ranked the state 48th in last year's safety list.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says this time around Tennessee scored in the bottom ten states for murders, assaults and drug abuse per capita.

Still more trouble for Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham

Jun 9, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Embattled State Rep. Jeremy Durham has learned that he’s the target of another state investigation.

WSMV-TV says state election officials will look into allegations that Durham improperly moved money from his political campaign fund into his business account.

Election officials decided to open the investigation at the suggestion of State Attorney General Herbert Slattery. Slattery’s office is currently investigating allegations of sexual harassment made against the Franklin Republican by female legislative staff members.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a grilling Wednesday from state legislators over the troubled new student academic testing system called TNReady.