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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nine students have been taken into police custody within the last month after being accused of making threats against Williamson County schools — the latest being a middle school student accused of posting a "kill list" on a school bathroom wall.

Officials say they don't remember a time when so many threats have been made involving schools in this wealthy suburban county.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hamilton County may continue asking local clergy to deliver prayers before commission meetings.

A Wednesday ruling by U.S. District Judge Sandy Mattice cited U.S. Supreme Court decisions that prayers offered before the meetings of legislative bodies are constitutional. Mattice said the prayers cannot be used as a pretext to promote one faith over another, but they may favor religion over non-religion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  One of the last pieces of legislation considered before the Tennessee General Assembly ended its session Wednesday was a bill that would have offered in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Under the proposal, students considered "lawfully present" in the U.S., through a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, would qualify for in-state tuition. Such students now pay nearly three times as much for higher education. They pay the out-of-state rate even if they've lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Legislation that seeks to ban speeding cameras in Tennessee is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, was approved 74-16 in the House on Wednesday after the Senate passed it 29-1.

The proposal originally sought to ban both speed and red-light cameras but was amended over the legislative process to just include speed cameras.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee students would have to pass a partial version of the U.S. citizenship and immigration services' civic test before getting a high school diploma under legislation headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's consideration.

The bill sponsored by Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville was approved on a 30-0 vote on Tuesday. The House had passed its version on an 85-8 vote on Monday.

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