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12:13pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Senate Authorizes Use of the Electric Chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has voted to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs can’t be obtained.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager passed on a 23-3 vote Wednesday. The Harriman Republican says current law allows the state to use its alternate execution method only when lethal injection drugs are not legally available. But Yager says there’s no provision for what to do if there’s a shortage of those drugs.

Tennessee has 10 prisoners on death row, but has not executed a prisoner since 2009.

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8:46am

Wed April 9, 2014
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Senate Votes for Open Gun Carry Without Permit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

Beavers said the measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly.

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8:45am

Wed April 9, 2014
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Haslam's Free Tuition Plan Headed to Full House Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote on Tuesday.

Called "Tennessee Promise," the companion bill was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee.

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8:44am

Wed April 9, 2014
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Four Teen Suspects Extradited from SC to Tennessee

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — The four Tennessee teens who led South Carolina police on a 10-hour chase last week have been extradited.

Authorities say the teens arrived in Greene County, Tenn., on Tuesday night.

Prosecutors are considering whether to seek to transfer their cases into adult court. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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10:43am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics

Volkswagen Chattanooga Expansion Talks Stalled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Expansion talks at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the Tennessee factory.

An acrimonious vote in February at the company's only U.S. plant was a narrow defeat for the United Auto Workers union.

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