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8:53am

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics

Tenn. House Committee to Take Up Guns-in-Trunks Bill Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House leaders who last year fended off a bill to overrule businesses seeking to ban firearms in their parking lots appear to be giving up the fight.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says he and fellow Republicans just want to put the measure behind them so they can move on to other more pressing issues.

In McCormick's words: "We can argue about it and then pass it, or we can just pass it."

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10:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Tennessee Opens Export Offices in 4 Countries

Governor Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Haslam says Tennessee is preparing to open offices in four countries to help increase exports to key international markets.

Tennessee will open Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Clint Brewer of the Department of Economic and Community Development says the offices will help Tennessee businesses navigate the exporting process.

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12:11pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Politics

Could SCORE Recommendations Cause a Teacher Shortage in Tennessee?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An influential education advocacy group is pushing for Tennessee teacher candidates to face higher academic standards before they even begin taking college classes.

The move by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education comes after state education officials linked teacher effectiveness to better ACT scores.

SCORE says some colleges and universities admit teacher education students with marks as low as 15 on the college admissions test.

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12:07pm

Thu February 7, 2013
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Confederate Past: Uproar Over Changing Park Names

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The legacy of onetime Confederate cavalryman and slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest has sparked new controversy here in Tennessee that spans from Memphis to the state capital building.

The Memphis City Council this week fast-tracked efforts to rename the city’s Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, where a statue of Forrest stands and where the general is buried.

Reporter Eleanor Boudreau of public radio station WKNO in Memphis the council’s vote came in reaction to moves here in Nashville.

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11:01am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Embattled DCS Commissioner O'Day Resigns

Former Commissioner O'Day
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Nashville, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has resigned amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling it cases.

It was revealed recently that an alarming number of children had died in 2012 while either in DCS custody or the subject of DCS abuse investigations.

Gov. Haslam announced O'Day’s resignation this morning with a press release. Just last week, the Republican governor had defended O'Day's leadership.

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