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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — If you see a gun in school, tell a teacher. That's what happened at an elementary in Tennessee, and no one was hurt after police say a 7-year-old boy carried a loaded gun in his backpack.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1OC9xo6 ) that Westside Elementary School in Springfield, Tennessee went on lockdown Thursday morning after the boy showed the gun to another student. That student told the teacher, who contacted school administrators, who called police.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to strip funding from the diversity office at Tennessee's flagship public university has become law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

Lawmakers had been angered by the University of Tennessee's diversity office recommendations to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to avoid religious-themed holiday parties. So they voted to remove about $437,000 in state funds for the office and instead use the money to pay for minority scholarships.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University says Guangxi (GWAHNG'-she) University in China will send 260 students to study at the Murfreesboro University for two years.

The plan was announced two years ago, but the goal was 140 students. Guangxi University President Zhao Yanlin said in a news release from MTSU that MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee's visits to Guangxi encouraged the increase.

Guangxi students will spend two years in Murfreesboro to finish their undergraduate studies and earn a master's degree.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has appointed a transgender woman to the Metro Human Relations Commission — an apparent first for Tennessee.

Media outlets report that Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday confirmed all 20 of Barry's board nominations, including voting unanimously to appoint Dr. Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition says Richmond is the first transgender person in the state's history to be named to a local government board or commission.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the federal government to intervene over a school district's policy prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The ACLU wrote the letter to the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday. The letter asks the U.S. Department of Education to require that the school system in Sumner County make accommodations for transgender students.

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