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12:27pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Top Stories

Bills Seek to Tackle Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, Tennessee and several other states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

The New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in Memphis alone. By contrast, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms in the entire state of Texas.

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8:49am

Wed February 19, 2014
Arts

Region's Summer Music Festival Season Already Heating Up

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Summer is still a long way off, but the region’s music festival scene is heating up with one mid-state festival already sold out.

The Country Music Association says its June festival concerts at LP Field are sold out, even though the final lineup for the shows hasn’t yet been announced.

Last week the late the June lineup for ROMP the Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky was announced. Headliners will include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and Del McCoury.

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12:40pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Legislation Would Allow Businesses to Deny Service to Same-Sex Couples

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee legislators will consider a bill tomorrow that would allow wedding-related businesses to refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs.

Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville and Knoxville Rep. Bill Dunn are sponsoring the proposal. It was introduced in the wake of recent court rulings in other states striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

Bell says he thinks Tennessee's ban will be overturned eventually and the bill would protect the religious beliefs of business owners.

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12:37pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Politics

UAW Drive Falls Short in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — TheUnited Auto Workers failed to unionize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga last week.

The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen's only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides.

UAW spokesman Gary Casteel decried what he called outside interference in the vote, but conceded defeat.

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10:29am

Thu February 13, 2014
Top Stories

Tenn. Enrollment in Health Exchange Up 66 Percent

Credit hopeclnc.org

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly 60,000 Tennesseans signed up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange through January, a 66 percent increase since the beginning of year.

According to nationwide statistics released Monday, 3.3 million Americans signed up from last Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

Seventy percent of enrollees selected the mid-level silver plan, while just 5 percent chose the top-level platinum policies.

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