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6:19am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

GOP Gets Supermajority in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans have earned their first supermajority in the state legislature

The GOP claimed at least two seats necessary in Tuesday's election to take a 22-11 margin in the upper chamber.

WSMV-TV is reporting today that the GOP now also has a supermajority in the House, having picked up two additional seats.

According to legislative records, the last time a party won a supermajority in both chambers was in 1976, when Democrats controlled the Senate 23-9 and the House 66-32.

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1:34pm

Fri October 26, 2012
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East Tenn. Judge Forced Off Notorious Murder Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state appeals court removed a senior judge from presiding over a notorious East Tennessee murder case because of questions about his impartiality.

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee in Knoxville has approved a request by state prosecutors to recuse Jon Kerry Blackwood from the retrials of three men stemming from the January 2007 slayings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

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1:23pm

Fri October 26, 2012
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State to Appeal Voter Photo ID Ruling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Secretary of State Tre Hargett says Tennessee will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that upholds the new voter photo ID law but orders the state to accept an ID issued by the Memphis public library.

Hargett says he was pleased the Court of Appeals upheld the new law’s constitutionality, but also says the Haslam Administration will continue to fend off any challenges to the measure.

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2:50pm

Mon October 22, 2012
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The Arts as a Community Development Tool

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Arts Commission is hosting a conference to explore how the arts can strengthen local communities.

The Transforming Assets Into Opportunities conference takes place Tuesday through Thursday at Pickwick Landing State Park. It will bring together artists, arts administrators, arts supporters and community planners to explore how the arts can fuel community and economic development.

The Arts Commission's Shannon Ford says the Cannon County Arts Center in Woodbury is a good example of arts based development.

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11:23am

Thu October 18, 2012
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Average College Debt More Than $26,000

MTSU senior Sydney Burfitt, left, a liberal studies major who’€™ll graduate in December, speaks to Lori Hagins, a store manager with Shane Co. in Cool Springs, during the Fall Career Fair inside Murphy Center Oct. 10.
MTSU

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP/WMOT) — A new nation-wide report shows two-thirds of the college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing more than $26,600. That's up about 5 percent from the class before.

The latest figures are calculated in a report by The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS). The report does not include most graduates of for-profit colleges, who typically borrow more than their counterparts elsewhere.

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