WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The Senate has passed Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s bill to give Congress a chance to review — and possibly reject — any final nuclear deal with Iran.

Corker received rare bi-partisan support for the measure which passed 98-1, but he first had to fend off amendments from conservative lawmakers, including Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, that would have scuttled the deal.  Cotton cast the lone dissenting vote, frustrated that his amendments toughening the bill’s language were not considered.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The controversial Dutch politician invited to deliver the keynote address at the Garland, Texas, event targeted by terrorists on Sunday is no stranger to Middle Tennessee.

Geert Wilders is well-known in Europe and the U.S. for his anti-Muslim rhetoric. He has reportedly been on Al Queida’s hit list for years.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Nashville Public Library is helping to mark the fifth anniversary of the historic May 2010 floods.

Nearly two dozen people died in the floods and rising waters caused billions in damages.

Old Hickory resident Harding Brewster used an old boat stored in his back yard to ferry his neighbors to safety as water surged into his neighborhood. His home was badly damaged, but he recalled that a second tragedy was the flood of unscrupulous contactors who converged on the area.


WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Mid-state Congressman Diane Black (R) is leading the charge in the U.S. House to revoke a local District of Columbia law barring discrimination against workers who have abortions.

The measure passed the House Thursday night 228 to 193. The GOP effort is largely symbolic because President Barack Obama is all but certain to veto it should it also pass the Senate.


SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's preparing to conduct tests on a new reactor in Spring City, Tennessee, as it nears completion.

The federal agency says it plans to complete the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor by December 2015. It would be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

TVA senior vice president Mike Skaggs tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the unit will be ready next month for "hot functional testing" to determine how well equipment will perform.