Fri February 1, 2013
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A Dozen Tornadoes Confirmed from Wednesday's Storms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The number of confirmed tornadoes has grown to 12 as forecasters assess damage from Wednesday's storms in Tennessee.

All of the confirmed touchdowns were here in Middle Tennessee, although there was severe damage from micro-bursts that produced high winds in West Tennessee.

The strongest of the tornadoes — EF-2 strength — struck Mount Juliet in and near the Coble community in Hickman County.

Other counties with tornado damage include Cheatham, Dickson, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson.

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Tue January 29, 2013
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Education Dominates Governor's State-of-the-State Address

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Tennessee Genaral Assembly last night.

Haslam presented a $32.7 billion annual spending plan that includes a staffing shake-up at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment into construction projects around the state and a large deposit into the state's cash savings fund.

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Mon January 28, 2013
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Tenn. Prosecutors Outline Legislative Agenda

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The 108th Tennessee General Assembly will resume deliberations this week and the state’s prosecutors are weighing in with their recommendations for changes to the Tennessee criminal code.

Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference spokesman Guy Jones says prosecutors are recommending that individuals convicted of aggravated child neglect be required to serve more of the original sentence.

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Mon January 28, 2013

Will Tenn. Schools Feel Impact of New Fed. Sports Regulations?

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association says the state’s school systems will feel little impact from new federal guidelines requiring equal access for students with disabilities.

The Education Department announced Friday that students with disabilities must be given a chance to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues.

The order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion four decades ago of athletic opportunities for girls and women and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.

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Tue January 22, 2013
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Proposal Would Add Rights Advocate's Name to Tenn. Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis City Council member says he wants to honor a local civil rights champion by adding her name to a park currently named for the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The park is the gravesite of Confederate cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest and features an equestrian statue of him. A city official recently had a granite marker bearing the park name removed, saying it had not been approved by the city.

A local Sons of the Confederacy chapter paid for and placed the marker and say they did have city approval.

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