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9:47am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics

"In God We Trust" Bill Passes Tenn. Senate

Bill seeks 'In God We Trust' signage at Capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that calls for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was approved 21-0 yesterday.

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11:23am

Mon April 7, 2014
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East Tenn. School Shooter Sentenced to time Served

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A former Campbell County High School student who was convicted of reckless homicide for fatally shooting an assistant principal has been sentenced to time served.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1gDzXn3) reports Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled Monday during a sentencing hearing against a defense motion for judicial diversion for Kenneth Bartley, which could have wiped clean his criminal record.

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10:58am

Mon April 7, 2014
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TBI: Crime on Tenn. College Campuses Way Down

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report says overall crime on college campuses has dropped by more than 11 percent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press cited the data in reporting that the number of assaults and thefts were down while the number of forcible sex offenses and fraud were up.

The newspaper reports there were 50 forcible sex offenses reported on college campuses in the state in 2013. In 2012, there were 40 and in 2010, there were 28.

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8:05am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Haslam Regrets No Raises for Teachers Next Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he regrets not being able to give teachers a raise next year and pledged to find ways to increase their pay in the future.

Earlier this week, the Republican governor said he won't be able to give teachers and state employees a pay increase mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections.

Teachers were to get a 2 percent increase and state employees 1 percent.

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8:01am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Haslam: No Threat Implied in VW Incentive Offer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality."

Haslam stressed to reporters Wednesday that any grants and tax credits offered to encourage the German automaker to build a new SUV in Chattanooga rather than in Mexico would have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, where its fate would be uncertain if the United Auto Workers won representation.

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