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8:32am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Bill Changes Way Some Tennessee Charter Schools Authorized

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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8:28am

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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11:10am

Tue March 18, 2014
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Mid-State Expert Says Obama Has Few Choices in Crimea

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mid-state researcher who specializes in the politics of the former Soviet States says President Obama has little hope of thwarting Russian designs on Ukraine.

President Barack Obama is gathering allied leaders for a meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement in Ukraine.

But Dr. Andrei Karobkov, head of the Russian Studies Department at Middle Tennessee State University says the West actually has few good options.

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12:18pm

Mon March 17, 2014
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Ketron Asks TDOT to Study Mid-State Monorail Idea

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State Senator Bill Ketron is sponsoring legislation that would ask the State of Tennessee to explore the idea of building a commuter monorail between Rutherford and Davidson counties.

The Murfreesboro Republican says he and thousands of other mid-state residents drive the I-24 corridor between Murfreesboro and Nashville every day and rush hour traffic is getting unmanageable. He says a growing Rutherford County population means it’s only going to get worse.

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12:15pm

Mon March 17, 2014
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Reaction to Judge's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling on Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples is drawing both praise and condemnation.

Nashville based U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of the marriages. The couples were legally married in other states and filed suit to force Tennessee to recognize their unions.

David Fowler, President of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, says the ruling was not unexpected.

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