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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A bill requiring students to use restrooms matching their gender at birth is advancing again in the Tennessee House after being revived in committee.

The House Education Committee voted 8-4 Wednesday to reverse an earlier decision to sideline the bill.

The measure’s supporters say the bill is needed to protect children who might otherwise be forced to share a restroom with a person of the opposite sex. Detractors say the bill would discriminate against transgender students.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The re-trial of former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey for the alleged rape of a fellow student is underway in Nashville.

The trial began this morning in Davidson County Criminal Court. Batey is accused of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

He was convicted of rape last year but that verdict was set aside after it was discovered that a juror had failed to divulge that he’d been the victim of a statutory rape as a teen.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill calling for more free speech rights at public colleges and universities in Tennessee has been withdrawn after the sponsor said it would allow Islamic State recruiters to operate on campuses.

Republican Rep. Martin Daniel of Knoxville was challenged Wednesday about the impact that his "Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act" would have on campuses.

Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis asked whether it would go so far as to allow people to stand in the middle of campus and "recruit for ISIS."

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --   People in Southeast Texas are being evacuated from their flooded homes today and Tennessee volunteers with the Red Cross are on the move to provide aid.

People living along the Sabine River along the Texas – Louisiana line are facing the worst flooding the region has seen since 1884. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for much of the region.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the clear Super Tuesday presidential primary winners, including here in Tennessee.

Trump won seven of the 11 states in which Republicans voted. Clinton enjoyed sweeping victories in large states like Texas, Virginia and Georgia putting her far ahead of rival Bernie Sanders.

Donald Trump pulled down 39 percent of the vote in Tennessee’s Republican primary, topping the vote count in every county but one. Marco Rubio was the Republican favorite in Williamson County.

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