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12:25pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Politics

Haslam Agenda Hits Hard Times in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes.

The GOP supermajority in the General Assembly has also advanced a guns-in-parks bill the governor opposes, sidetracked Haslam's anti-meth bill and showed little urgency in taking up his signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.

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5:12pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Court: Tenn. Must Recognize 3 Same-Sex Marriages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge says that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. Trauger noted in a written memorandum that her order only applies to the three couples.

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9:04am

Fri March 14, 2014
Top Stories

Zebra on the Lamb in Middle Tennesse Finally Caught

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A zebra that's been on the lam for the last five months in southeastern Tennessee has been caught.

WRCB-TV (http://bit.ly/1npbGKX) reported on Thursday that Zeke the zebra was back at home in Bradley County.

Zeke's owner, Ronald Price, said the animal escaped from his farm in Cleveland late last year by jumping a high fence.

For weeks afterward, police dispatchers took calls of reported sightings around the community — near homes, businesses and even a highway.

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9:02am

Fri March 14, 2014
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Murf. Woman Loses Appeal in MTSU Roomate's Death

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman convicted of murder in the stabbing death of a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player has lost her appeal.

The Daily News Journal reports the Tennessee Court of Appeals handed down its opinion on Wednesday in the case of Shanterrica Madden, who was charged with killing her roommate, basketball player Tina Stewart. Madden argued that she killed Stewart in self-defense.

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9:00am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Resolution Expresses Regret for Trail of Tears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution that expresses regret for the Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears has been approved in the House.

The measure sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin was unanimously approved 90-0 on Thursday.

Several Democratic lawmakers commended the sponsors for the resolution that acknowledges sincere regret to the tribes involved in the U.S. government's forced removal of more than 15,000 Native Americans from ancestral homes in the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma in 1838 and 1839. Thousands died.

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