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10:54am

Thu January 15, 2015
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The latest salvo in Tennessee's gun rights battle?

Rep. Glen Casada
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There’s a new twist in the push by gun advocates to make Tennessee an “open carry” state.

Last year a bill that would have broadened the right of Tennesseans to openly carry a firearm in public passed the State Senate, but died in a House committee in the closing days of the legislative session.

The measure failed in committee because a so-called fiscal note was attached indicating the bill would cost the state more than $100,000 to implement.

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9:18am

Thu January 15, 2015
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Day Three of the Jacob Pearman Trial In Murf.

Jacob Pearman
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s day three in the trail of a Murfreesboro man charged with murdering his wife on Valentines Day 2013.

Police found Carla Pearman dead in the bedroom of her Kanatak Lane home before sunrise the morning of February 12, 2013. Jacob Pearman was arrested by Manchester Police later that morning on I-24 driving east and returned to Murfreesboro for questioning.

The MPD says he confessed to his wife’s murder, but has pleaded not guilty to charges of First Degree Murder, aggravated assault and child abuse.

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8:55am

Wed January 14, 2015
Sports

Perry Wallace: At the intersection of sports and race in Middle Tennessee

Perry Wallace, a 1970 Vanderbilt graduate and the first African American basketball player in the SEC, is the subject of a new book.
Credit (Vanderbilt University)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOLLETT)  --  Perry Wallace encountered racial hostility as the first African American basketball player in the Southeast Conference at Vanderbilt University from 1966-1970.  While Wallace has been honored by Vanderbilt for being a trailblazer, Pearl High School was where he developed the courage and poise to persevere through discrimination. 

Perry Wallace was honored at halftime of the Vanderbilt-Baylor basketball game for enduring racism on Vanderbilt’s campus and in cities throughout the SEC conference. 

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11:06am

Mon January 12, 2015
Politics

Governor's Medicaid expansion could mean $1.14B for Tenn.

Credit coalitionforahealthytennessee.com/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee economic study commissioned by advocates for Medicaid expansion says Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee could create 15,000 jobs and bring $1.14 billion in new spending to the state.

According to the study released Monday by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research, an estimated 200,000 of the 470,000 eligible Tennesseans would participate in Haslam's proposed version of Medicaid expansion.

The $1.14 billion figure comes from an estimated $5,705 in medical spending by each of those 200,000 people.

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11:02am

Mon January 12, 2015
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Jury selection for 2 ex-Vandy football players in rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jury selection is underway in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm.

The trial is expected to feature sexually graphic videos, photos and questions about whether the role of alcohol intoxication can be used as a defense in some instances.

Four former players are accused of raping an unconscious student in a dorm at the Nashville university in June 2013.

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