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supremecourt.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee and 25 other states have blocked President Obama’s attempts to shield millions of immigrants from deportation thanks to a 4-4 decision announced by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices' one-sentence opinion delivered Thursday morning effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

UTK

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --  A Republican Senator will try Wednesday to drum up bipartisan support for a gun control measure in Washington following the Orlando terror attack, while here in Tennessee public universities are wrestling with how best to implement a new law that allows guns on campus.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is pushing a compromise gun control measure that would let federal prosecutors bar guns for the 81,000 people on the federal no-fly list, and the 28,000 people on the government's selectee list.

mtsu.edu/consumer

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee consumers are feeling much better about the economy, but still intend to keep a tight grip on the family purse strings.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the quarterly consumer sentiment survey for Middle Tennessee State University. He says the latest numbers clearly show consumer confidence is on the rise. As a result, survey results indicate most Tennesseans plan to spend more money in the near future.

On the down side, when Graeff asked state residents if they planned to buy any big ticket items in the near future most said “No.”

senate.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee’s Republican Senators voted strictly along party lines yesterday when gun safety bills inspired by the Orlando terror attack came up for consideration at the nation’s capital.

The Nashville Posts reports that Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted in favor of GOP measures that would have prevented individual gun purchases to anyone on government watch lists, but only if a prosecutor was convinced that person was a threat. They also voted to expand resources for gun sales background checks.

Williamson County Schools

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new controversy has overtaken the Williamson County School Board as four incumbent members are targeted by an anonymous resolution.

The Tenneseean reports retired teacher Audrey Buffington read out the resolution last night. It charges board members’ Bobby Hullett, Anne McGraw, Rick Wimberly and Gary Anderson with violating board policy by accepting political endorsements for an upcoming election.

The Williamson Business PAC and WillCo Rising PAC recently endorsed the four incumbents in an election set for August 4.

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