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12:10pm

Tue July 22, 2014
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Tennessee Shows Marked Improvement on Child Welfare Survey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year.

The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, grades states on education, health care and poverty.

Tennessee moved from 39th to 36th this year. The state made strides on all eight scores for education and health.

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7:54am

Tue July 22, 2014
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Dozens of Guns Found in Carry-Ons at Tenn. Airports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag at Memphis International Airport over the weekend.

The TSA said agents working at a security checkpoint found the .40-caliber Smith and Wesson on Sunday morning.

Agents alerted airport police, who took possession of the carry-on bag and cited the passenger on local charges.

So far this year, 11 firearms have been found by TSA agents at the Memphis airport's security checkpoints. Eighteen firearms were found at Memphis' airport in 2013.

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7:21am

Tue July 22, 2014
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Mid-State Pastor Avoids Maximum Sentence in Child Porn Case

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time youth pastor from Shelbyville has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice could have leveled a 20-year sentence on 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill on Monday for downloading "violent" and "sadistic" prepubescent child pornography on his home computer.

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6:16am

Mon July 21, 2014
Business

National Parks Pump Millions of Dollars into Tennessee's Economy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report shows more than 8 million people visited Tennessee's national parks last year, spending $530 million in the process.

The report released last week by the National Park Service also shows that the parks supported more than 7,600 jobs in 2013.

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5:12am

Tue July 15, 2014
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Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain Won't be Charged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation's largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates and discounts. Prosecutors said Monday that Pilot has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty, which is within the range of what the company would pay if convicted at trial.

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