Wed November 5, 2014

All 4 Tenn. Constitutional Amendments pass, including abortion amendment

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Voters have approved changing Tennessee's Constitution to give the Legislature more power to regulate abortion.

The change opens the way for the state Legislature to enact many new restrictions on abortion in Tennessee.

The referendum was originally conceived in response to a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision that held abortion was protected by the state constitution as part of a woman's fundamental right to privacy.

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Tue November 4, 2014

Fate of 2 constitutional amendments uncertain

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  As Tennessean’s head to the polls, the fates of two proposed constitutional amendments are uncertain.

Amendment Three would ban the State from ever imposing a personal income tax on residents. A poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows just 30 percent of registered voters surveyed support the ban, while 25 percent oppose it.  The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, meaning the issue is a statistical dead heat.

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Thu October 30, 2014

Vanderbilt researcher cautions on new colon cancer home test

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new home test for colon cancer went on sale this week, but a Vanderbilt medical researcher is sounding a note of caution.

Laura Goff is an Assistant Professor of Medicine who specializes in cancers of the digestive tract. Dr. Goff notes that the new Cologuard home test developed by the Mayo Clinic does appear to accurately detect the presence of cancer.

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Thu October 23, 2014

Controversional Common Core to get a public review

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) Gov. Bill Haslam is laying out a process for a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. But the recently implemented Common Core state education standards have proven controversial and the governor says he believes it's time to take a fresh look.

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Mon October 20, 2014

Prominent Tenn. Republican sides with president on ebola travel ban

Former Senator Bill Frist
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee elder statesman and former Senate Speaker Bill Frist is siding with President Obama in the debate over the usefulness of an ebola travel ban.

The Associated Press says GOP candidates see more opportunities in the public concern over the disease than in continuing to bash "Obamacare" in the midterm elections' final two weeks.

Scores of GOP candidates and a few Democrats are demanding restrictions on travel from African nations where ebola is present. Polls show wide public support.

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