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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

Haslam said he disagrees with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed some concerns raised by college administrators.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Murfreesboro officials are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a shooting at a weekend party that left five people wounded, one seriously.

Police were called to the Aspen Heights Apartment complex at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. They were told a fight had broken out at a party being held there and shots were being fired. Police say one victim had serious injuries and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Four others had non-life threatening injuries and were taken to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A bill requiring students to use restrooms matching their gender at birth is advancing again in the Tennessee House after being revived in committee.

The House Education Committee voted 8-4 Wednesday to reverse an earlier decision to sideline the bill.

The measure’s supporters say the bill is needed to protect children who might otherwise be forced to share a restroom with a person of the opposite sex. Detractors say the bill would discriminate against transgender students.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The re-trial of former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey for the alleged rape of a fellow student is underway in Nashville.

The trial began this morning in Davidson County Criminal Court. Batey is accused of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

He was convicted of rape last year but that verdict was set aside after it was discovered that a juror had failed to divulge that he’d been the victim of a statutory rape as a teen.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill calling for more free speech rights at public colleges and universities in Tennessee has been withdrawn after the sponsor said it would allow Islamic State recruiters to operate on campuses.

Republican Rep. Martin Daniel of Knoxville was challenged Wednesday about the impact that his "Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act" would have on campuses.

Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis asked whether it would go so far as to allow people to stand in the middle of campus and "recruit for ISIS."

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