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8:10am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Rutherford County Judge Accussed of Threatening to "Cut" Bag Boy

Judge Larry Brandon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A 16 year-old bag boy at a Murfreesboro grocery store is accusing a Rutherford County Circuit Court judge of threatening to harm him.

A police report filed two days after the incident occurred says Judge Larry Brandon allegedly made the threats while checking out at Jr's. Foodland on E. Main March 26.

The bag boy tells police he noticed items in the judge’s bag that hadn’t been paid for. When he brought the items to the attention of the judge and the cashier, the judge reportedly told them he’d purchased the items at another story.

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7:22am

Tue April 1, 2014
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State Commission Recommends Pre-K Expansion

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/TNS) — The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is recommending the state expand its pre-K and home visitation programs to help youth be more successful in school and life.

 

The commission is basing its recommendations on a policy report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project.

The Commission’s Linda O’Neal says the report identifies disparities between racial and ethnic groups and recommends ways to address them.

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11:46am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Tennessee Death Row Inmates Dying of Natural Causes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Many inmates awaiting execution on Tennessee's death row never make it to the execution chamber.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1rYmkIk ) that since 2000, nine death row inmates have died of natural causes and one committed suicide. Six have been executed.

In November, inmate Paul Dennis Reid died of heart disease in a hospital while awaiting execution for a 1997 killing spree that led to seven deaths. The newspaper reports that the state spent nearly $600,000 on Reid's prison housing and medical costs.

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11:44am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Board: Higher Education Budget in Limbo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents said Friday that they don't know how much money Tennessee's universities and community colleges are going to receive in the budget because of a shortfall in the state's tax collections.

The TBR oversees six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. Officials said at a board meeting Friday that the best case for the schools would be to get the almost $6.6 million Gov. Bill Haslam allocated to them in his budget.

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11:41am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Missing Mother and Child Case Now a Homicide Investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a missing woman and her child are still hoping for new leads in their disappearance, even though it's been 10 years since they were last seen.

Kathy Nale told WTVF-TV in Nashville that the emotional ride has been "like a roller coaster" since her daughter, Jennifer Wix, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Adrianna, went missing in Robertson County.

Three months ago new information surfaced allowing authorities to re-classify the investigation from a missing persons case to a homicide; increasing the reward to $27,000.

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