hate crimes http://wmot.org en Hate Crimes in Tennessee Up Dramatically in 2011 http://wmot.org/post/hate-crimes-tennessee-dramatically-2011 <p style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">NASHVILLE, <span style="color: red;">Tenn</span>. (AP) &mdash; Hate crimes in Tennessee jumped in 2011,&nbsp;rising&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">51 percent above&nbsp;2010 levels.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:11:56 +0000 AP/WMOT 10362 at http://wmot.org Shepard Calls Tenn. Anti-Gay Bills Disturbing http://wmot.org/post/shepard-calls-tenn-anti-gay-bills-disturbing <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) &mdash; The father of a gay college student who died after being beaten says he&#39;s disturbed by anti-gay legislation being proposed in Tennessee.</p><p>Dennis Shepard spoke at a Nashville news&nbsp;conference&nbsp;Wednesday. Shepard&#39;s son, Matt, was 21 when he was beaten 14 years ago in Wyoming, tied to a fence and left in the cold by two men he met in a bar.</p><p>His death spurred passage of a measure that expanded an earlier federal hate crime law to include sexual orientation, among other things.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:23:27 +0000 Associated Press 6649 at http://wmot.org Tenn. Hate Crime Stats Beat National Average http://wmot.org/post/tenn-hate-crime-stats-beat-national-average <p>The FBI says the level of hate crime reported by police around the country remained about the same in 2010 compared with the previous year.</p><p>The bureau says just over 6,600 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI, up by just 24 incidents over 2009.</p><p>Tennessee apparently doing much better than the national average.</p><p>Kristin Helm, a spokesperson for the The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, says hate crimes in Tennessee decreased by about 20 percent from 2009 levels.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:19:17 +0000 AP/WMOT 3963 at http://wmot.org