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9:31am

Mon January 20, 2014
Politics

Appeals Court to Hear Case of Occupy Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear Tennessee's appeal of a ruling that it violated the free speech rights of the Occupy Nashville movement by arresting protesters in 2011 on War Memorial Plaza.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 31 in Cincinnati.

A federal judge ruled in June that the state violated the free speech rights of seven plaintiff's rights when they were arrested based on a hastily written rule that banned camping on the plaza.

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12:28pm

Tue January 14, 2014
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Tenn Case on Gun Ban

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to decide whether a Tennessee man's misdemeanor domestic assault plea should ban him from gun ownership.

The high court on Wednesday will hear prosecutor's appeal in the case of James Castleman of Huntingdon.

Castleman pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. A federal judge threw those charges out.

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10:03am

Mon January 13, 2014
Politics

Lawmakers Reconvene for 108th Tenn. General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers have reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.

House and Senate speakers gaveled in around noon on Tuesday for a session they are hoping to wrap up as quickly as possible so lawmakers can focus on their re-election bids. All 99 House seats are up for re-election this year, along with 17 of 33 seats in the Senate.

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8:32am

Mon January 13, 2014
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After 12 Deaths: Some Tenn. Health Dept's Offering Free Flu Shots

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some health departments in Tennessee have begun offering free flu shots in the hopes that more people will get vaccinated.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1lUqON4) reports some health departments began offering the free shots on Friday and the Metro Nashville health department will begin offering them Monday.

The number of flu cases has risen in the last few weeks, and the virus has killed 12 people in Middle Tennessee.

Health officials say flu season will continue through February, so it's not too late to get a shot.

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11:34am

Fri January 10, 2014
Politics

Gov. Haslam Mulls Second Try at School Voucher

Governor Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam withdrew the measure when Senate Republicans sought to expand the bill to a larger number of children.

Haslam told reporters in Memphis Thursday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," to vouchers, which give parents public money to pay for private schools.

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