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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — When they first heard gunfire erupt, some Marines at the reserve center in Chattanooga thought it was a drill. But it quickly became clear that there was a shooter on the grounds. Then Marines and sailors sprang into action to try to save each other from the hail of bullets.

Survivors of the July 16 attack spoke for the first time to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1LIc0yr) about the ordeal that left five service members dead.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the victims of that theater shooting in Louisiana has a Tennessee connection.

WSMV-TV reports that 33-year-old Jillian Johnson graduated from Nashville’s Hillwood High in 2000 and also attended Belmont University.

Police say Johnson died at a Lafayette hospital after being shot at a local theater Thursday evening.

Officials say the shooter was 59-year-old John R. Houser. He’s being described as a drifter from Alabama.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker tangled Thursday in a congressional hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry over the nuclear arms deal Kerry struck earlier this month with Iran.

Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and recently championed legislation that gives Congress the opportunity to review the deal made with Iran.

Opening that review process yesterday, Corker was scathing in his assessment of the agreementl Kerry negotiated.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Murfreesboro is one of the best spots in the country for first time buyers to get into that new home.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com ranked Murfreesboro 26th in its list of the 300 best cities to buy a first home. Murfreesboro scored even higher when compared to other small cities the same size, coming in at fifteenth in the nation.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Wallethub considered several criteria, including square footage, average price, living environment, and crime rates.  

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is lending her voice to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of videos showing some of the organization’s top officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissues.

In reaction to Republican efforts, Democrats have this week withdrawn a bill that would have expanded fertility services for wounded veterans. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, complained that Republicans were attaching amendments to her bill attacking women’s health programs.

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