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6:14am

Wed June 18, 2014
Politics

Federal Appeals Court to Weigh Tennessee Gay Marriage Cases

CINCINNATI (AP/WMOT) — A federal appeals court has scheduled oral arguments in gay marriage fights in Tennessee and three other states.

Though each case is unique, they all deal with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Aug. 6 on whether to uphold gay marriage victories in the four states it oversees.

Chris Sanders, Director of the Tennessee Equality Project, says that a victory in this case would likely lead to additional litigation.

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12:16pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Top Stories

Tennessee Holding Earthquake Response Exercise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-rihd) fault.

The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.

Jeremy Heidt with Tennessee Emergency Management says the state takes the threat the New Madrid fault poses very seriously.

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10:01am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Painful New Virus Symptoms Can Last a Year or More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials confirm that a new mosquito-borne virus has made its way to Tennessee.

The State Department of Health says a West Tennessee resident has tested positive for the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus. State epidemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says Tennesseans traveling to the Caribbean are bringing the virus home with them.

Moncayo says the virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include a high fever and severe joint pain.

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9:39am

Mon June 16, 2014
Politics

Survey of Lawyers Finds Vast Support for Justices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Bar Association survey of its lawyer members found nine out of 10 respondents support the retention of three state Supreme Court justices who are on the ballot in August.

Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor, and must stand for yes-no retention elections every eight years.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is spearheading an effort to defeat Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, all of whom were appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

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11:31am

Tue June 10, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Senator Blasts President's Student Loan Initiative

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) – President Barack Obama says the rising cost of college has left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working young America should be priced out of a higher education.

To that end, Obama yesterday signed a presidential memorandum he says will help an additional 5 million student borrowers.

Republicans are calling the move a political stunt. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander reacted to the president’s initiative on the Senate floor.

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