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10:00am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Vandy Professor: Affirmative Action Alive and Well

Claire Smrekar is an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Colleges and Universities can continue to use affirmative action in admissions thanks to a ruling from the United States Supreme Court.

Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Claire Smrekar specializes in issues of affirmative action in education. She says yesterday’s ruling reaffirmed the constitutional underpinnings of affirmative action.

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6:21am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Report: 1-in-4 Tenn. Children Lives in Poverty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A report on the well-being of children in Tennessee shows the state has improved in key areas despite a drop in its ranking.

The annual Kid’s Count report is produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with assistance from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

Tennessee now ranks 39th when it comes to overall child well-being, a drop from last year's ranking of 36th. However, foundation spokesperson Laura Speers says Tennessee did show marked improvement in the area of children’s health.

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6:02am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Rally Against Gun Violence to be Held in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Survivors of gun violence are expected to be among those participating in a Nashville rally on Wednesday to support legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers.

The rally is part of a national effort by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America.

A measure to expand background checks has failed in the U.S. Senate.

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9:50am

Fri June 21, 2013
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Mid-State Farmers "Very Disappointed" by Farm Bill's Defeat

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — A leader in the mid-state agricultural community says Tennessee farmers are deeply disappointed in yesterday’s defeat of a massive federal farm bill.

Dr. Warren Gill leads the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Gill was giving a presentation to a farm group in Marshall County yesterday when word came down that a half-trillion dollar farm appropriations bill had been soundly defeated in the House of Representatives.

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12:56pm

Thu June 20, 2013
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Christian Legal Group Complains About Assignment

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Columbia State Community College officials say they're investigating a professor's assignment about gay rights.

According to The Daily Herald a Christian legal group sent the college a letter about Professor Linda Brunton's psychology class assignment. The Alliance Defending Freedom says students complained to the group.

Some students objected to being told to wear a rainbow ribbon and make statements in support of gay rights. They were then to write a paper detailing discrimination they faced for their perceived support.

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