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7:15am

Fri April 11, 2014
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Tennessee Lawmakers Approve $32.4B Spending Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The House approved the measure 68-27 yesterday and the Senate voted 28-3 a few hours later in favor the plan, which removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

Both Democrats and Republicans presented proposals to give teachers and state employees one-time bonuses, but all those amendments failed.

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7:12am

Fri April 11, 2014
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I-24 Hit-And-Run Leaves 13 Year-Old Boy Dead, Mom Injured

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A thirteen year-old boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday afternoon on westbound I-24 in Smyrna near the Sam Ridley Parkway exit.

WSMV-TV says 13 year-old Clifton Braunwaler was rushed to nearby StoneCrest Medical Center where he died. His mother, 47 year-old Sondra Braunwalder was also taken to StoneCrest with non-life threatening injuries.

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11:03am

Thu April 10, 2014
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Accessible Housing Hard to Find

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  Finding affordable housing is a struggle for a lot of Tennesseans, but for individuals with disabilities the barriers are even higher.

A mid-state forum scheduled for Friday will take a look at the issue. Emily Hoskins with the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee says the biggest problem is a severe lack of housing that’s accessible.

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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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