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8:32am

Mon April 21, 2014
Politics

Some Fear Bill Will Hurt Babies Born Addicted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

Doctors and women's rights advocates have called on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would allow women to be charged with assault if they abuse narcotics while pregnant and then give birth to a child who is dependent on drugs. National Advocates for Pregnant Women says despite attempts by other states, Tennessee is the first state to pass such a law.

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8:04am

Mon April 21, 2014
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Local Judges Won't Hear Mosque Cemetery Lawsuit

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Court records show that all of the circuit judges here in Rutherford County have recused themselves from hearing the lawsuit over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro mosque cemetery.

A group of residents filed the suit after county officials approved a request from the Center that sought a permit for the cemetery.

Chancellor Robert Corlew II stepped down last month at the request of mosque attorney John Green.

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8:01am

Mon April 21, 2014
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UAW Withdraws Appeal of Volkswagen Union Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.

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8:16am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Parent Trigger Legislation Fails This Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed in a House subcommittee.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis died when it failed to receive a motion in the House Finance Subcommittee Tuesday.

The so-called parent trigger legislation advanced out of the House Education Committee earlier this month on a 9-4 vote, and the companion bill had been awaiting a vote in the full Senate.

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8:15am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Tennessee House "Profound Regret" for Slavery, Segregation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House has voted to express "profound regret" for slavery and segregation in Tennessee, but stopped short of an outright apology.

The chamber voted 97-0 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville.

The measure decries what it calls the "fundamental injustice, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and the discrimination that was slavery's legacy."

The Republican-controlled chamber removed language from the original resolution that sought to offer "profound apologies" for slavery.

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