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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Mid-state Congressman Diane Black (R) is leading the charge in the U.S. House to revoke a local District of Columbia law barring discrimination against workers who have abortions.

The measure passed the House Thursday night 228 to 193. The GOP effort is largely symbolic because President Barack Obama is all but certain to veto it should it also pass the Senate.

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SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's preparing to conduct tests on a new reactor in Spring City, Tennessee, as it nears completion.

The federal agency says it plans to complete the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor by December 2015. It would be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

TVA senior vice president Mike Skaggs tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the unit will be ready next month for "hot functional testing" to determine how well equipment will perform.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of reported murders across the state increased by nearly 10 percent last year.

The TBI's "Crime in Tennessee" report, which was released Monday, shows crime overall decline by about 1.5 percent. The report compiles data from law enforcement agencies across the state.

The TBI says there were 375 murders reported in Tennessee in 2014, an increase of 9.9 percent from the previous year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fellow Republican is trying to tie Governor Haslam’s hands as he considers vetoes of controversial bills.

Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden wants to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures like allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

Dresden, who has twice had bills vetoed by Haslam, announced at the start of yesterday’s floor session that he wanted to protect against what he called "questionable bills" being rejected by the governor.

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congress is headed for another showdown with President Obama over a bill proposed by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will Tuesday take up the Corker bill that would require President Barack Obama to give Congress a voice in any nuclear deal with Iran. Corker now heads the committee

“I’m very concerned about where we are. I think we’re headed to a place where we’re gonna lose leverage and not get much. We used to talk about dismantlement and now we’re talking about unplugging.”

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