NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The current session of the Tennessee legislature is moving into its final weeks.
With the Tennessee Republican Party holding a super majority in both chambers of the legislature, a fairly low-key session might have been expected. Instead, a number of contentious issues have roiled the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Crime on Tennessee's college campuses has dropped slightly, but a new report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of assaults increased at the state's institutions of higher learning.
The TBI report shows that crime on campus decreased overall by about four percent between 2011 and 2012, but assaults increased by nearly 14 percent over the same period.
DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — Franklin based Nissan North America, one of Middle Tennessee’s biggest employers, is reporting its best sales ever during the month of March.
Nissan says sales were up a full percentage point in March year-over-year. The company says the all-electric Nissan LEAF now being built at the company’s Smyrna plant, saw sales jump by more than 280 percent year-over-year.
Nissan's Bryan Brockman says a recent drop in the price of the new LEAF seems to be getting a lot of attention.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans.
The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.
Lawmakers passed a bill postponing the rate increase last year, but Megan McClean of the Washington based National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says she’s not hearing any buzz on Capitol Hill about passing another extension.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Federal statistics out Thursday show the nation’s economy grew at a decidedly anemic pace last year, but the economic news is much better for one at least one mid-state county.
The Commerce Department says the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate 0.4 percent in last year’s final quarter. Analysts think the nation's economy is growing at much faster clip in the current quarter; perhaps as much as 2.5 percent.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Is the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that says marriage is between only a man and a woman constitutional?
The United States Supreme Court will be taking up that issue Wednesday.
Justices are looking at the case of a New York woman who sued to challenge a $363,000 federal estate tax bill after the woman she married died in 2009. Had Edith Windsor married a man, the estate tax bill would have been zero.
The case is being followed closely by Tennesseans on both sides of the issue.