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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle and high school girls interested in math and science are eligible to participate in a conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

According to the school, the Expanding Your Horizons conference will give girls the opportunity to investigate math and science careers, talk with women in those careers, attend workshops and meet other girls who are interested in science and math.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A published report says a Middle Tennessee doctor accused of infractions similar to those of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has received a more severe punishment.

The Tennessean  reports the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners revoked the license of Murfreesboro physician Brad Blankenship and fined him $5,000 for having a fling with one patient.

In comparison, DesJarlais received a reprimand and a $500 fine for a sexual relationship with two patients.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nine students have been taken into police custody within the last month after being accused of making threats against Williamson County schools — the latest being a middle school student accused of posting a "kill list" on a school bathroom wall.

Officials say they don't remember a time when so many threats have been made involving schools in this wealthy suburban county.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hamilton County may continue asking local clergy to deliver prayers before commission meetings.

A Wednesday ruling by U.S. District Judge Sandy Mattice cited U.S. Supreme Court decisions that prayers offered before the meetings of legislative bodies are constitutional. Mattice said the prayers cannot be used as a pretext to promote one faith over another, but they may favor religion over non-religion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  One of the last pieces of legislation considered before the Tennessee General Assembly ended its session Wednesday was a bill that would have offered in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Under the proposal, students considered "lawfully present" in the U.S., through a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, would qualify for in-state tuition. Such students now pay nearly three times as much for higher education. They pay the out-of-state rate even if they've lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.

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