NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A newly formed coalition says Tennessee has more than $8 billion in unfunded transportation needs, but they're getting little encouragement from legislators at either the state or federal level.

The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee is pushing lawmakers to appropriate more money for highway construction and maintenance, even if that means raising taxes.

Lawmakers have been reluctant to increase Tennessee's gas tax, the source of most state highway funds. The 21 cent a gallon tax hasn’t been raised since 1989.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about fake pain pills that could prove deadly for anyone taking them.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine says police recently recovered what looked like oxycodone pills during a traffic stop.

“It’s the same size, it has the same stamping  --  that “A” over “215” that’s characteristic of oxycodone, but laboratory analysis at a TBI forensic facility indicated that they were in fact counterfeit…didn’t contain oxycodone and instead contained fentanyl.”

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill -- championed by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker -- that would give lawmakers the power to review any nuclear deal made with Iran.

The House overwhelmingly passed the bill on a 400 to 25 vote Thursday. The Senate approved the bill last week.

The legislation, which Obama says he will sign, gives Congress a chance to weigh in on what could be a significant international accord aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.




NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — The number of Christians in America continues to decline, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.


The Pew Research Center released its annual religious affiliation survey this week. The survey tabulated responses from more than 35,000 Americans.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A leader in Tennessee’s disability community is advising parents to take a wait and see attitude toward new money the state may provide toward education and therapy for their severely handicapped children.


The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a bill that would give parents $6000 to spend as they see fit on handicap services. The bill is awaiting Governor Bill Haslam’s signature.