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8:28am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Johnny Cash's Great-Niece Stabbed, Stuffed in a Box

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Middle Tennessee say the great-niece of singer Johnny Cash has been found stabbed to death and stuffed in a box in a house.

Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said Thursday that Courtney Cash's body was found Wednesday morning.

Andrews said Cash's body was found in a large chest. A man identified as William Austin Johnson, Cash's boyfriend, was being treated for stab wounds at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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10:52am

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Wine in Grocery Stores Bill Signed Today, Hold the Toasts Till 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to sign a bill to allow supermarket wine sales into law on Thursday.

But that doesn't mean your neighborhood grocery store will be able to stock your favorite merlot or chardonnay any time soon.

The measure passed after years of legislative debate requires voters to first approve supermarket wine sales in a referendum. And even after that, the earliest wine could be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores would be in the summer of 2016 — or a year later if they are located near an existing liquor store.

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10:47am

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Bill Changes Way Tennessee Authorizes Charter Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 20-12 on Thursday. The House version was approved 62-30 last year. It must now approve technical changes made by the Senate before heading to the governor for his consideration.

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8:36pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Governor Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

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8:53am

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Haslam Visiting Schools in Support of Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting schools in each grand division of Tennessee on Tuesday to drum up support for Common Core education standards.

The Republican governor starts the day at Cedar Grove Elementary in Smyrna, followed by a visit to Indian Trail Intermediate in Johnson City. He wraps up the tour at Lexington Middle School in Henderson County.

The governor is trying to shore up support for the curriculum and testing standards that he has called crucial to improving education in the state.

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