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6:25am

Fri November 7, 2014
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Tenn. case may trigger final Supreme Court showdown on same-sex marriage.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An appeals court decision upholding Tennessee’s gay marriage ban is likely to trigger a final, nationwide showdown on same sex marriage in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday, a federal appeals court upheld Tennessee law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages. The ruling marks a rare victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court victories for supporters over the past year.

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6:06am

Fri November 7, 2014
Politics

Tenn. lawmakers readying new abortion restrictions

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While the rest of the South slowly whittled away at abortion access, Tennessee's clinics operated under less stringent restrictions.

That’s about to change.

Voters on Tuesday approved altering the state constitution to make clear that it does not protect the right to an abortion.

House majority caucus chairman Rep. Glen Casada says state GOP leaders are considering three abortion restrictions. They include informed consent for the parents of teens seeking an abortion, mandatory counseling, and a waiting period.

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5:59am

Wed November 5, 2014
Politics

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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9:16am

Tue November 4, 2014
Politics

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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12:21pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Science

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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