Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An estimated 150,000 Tennesseans could lose food stamp benefits on April 1 if they don't meet work requirements.

Tennessee Department of Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Jarnagin says the agency began sending out notices earlier this winter to people who could lose benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A poison control official says two Tennessee teens are dead after drinking a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, and two others were sickened by the mixture they called "Dewshine."

Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger says the teens evidently thought they could drink methanol, which is extremely toxic, as a substitute for ethanol, the ingredient in alcoholic beverages that causes intoxication.

Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared its last major committee before a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee voted 11-10 on Tuesday in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill, and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said earlier Tuesday that he plans to sign the measure into law if it remains unchanged from its current form.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor says the preliminary autopsy results in the death of a 2-year-old West Tennessee boy who was missing for a week before his body was found show he died of hypothermia.

Media report District Attorney General Jerry Woodall announced the results Monday saying there were no signs of foul play in the death of Noah Chamberlin of the Pinson community.

The child's body was found Thursday in a clearing in the woods near his home. The boy went missing during a walk with his grandmother and 4-year-old sister.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a 7-year-old boy has died after being shot by another child inside a parked car in Crossville.

The Crossville Police Department says that four children were left alone inside a car yesterday afternoon while their mother and stepfather entered a cellphone store.

Authorities say one of the children found a semi-automatic pistol left inside the mother's purse and accidentally shot a 7-year-old boy. The unidentified boy was flown to a hospital and died later that evening.

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