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5:15pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Top Stories

School Voucher Bill Advances in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is advancing in the House.

The measure proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam passed the House Budget Subcommittee 7-6 on Wednesday.

The legislation is slightly different than an original measure brought by the Republican governor that was limited to students from low-income families attending the bottom 5 percent of failing schools.

The measure that passed would expand eligibility to the bottom 10 percent of failing schools if slots are left.

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5:13pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Top Stories

Guns-In-Parks Proposal Clears 1st House Panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to strip local government control over whether to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed at parks, playgrounds and sports fields has cleared its first legislative hurdle in the House.

The House Civil Justice Subcommittee advanced the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown on a voice vote. The companion bill passed the full Senate on a 26-7 vote last month.

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8:05am

Tue March 4, 2014
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Magistrate Censured for Baby Messiah Name Change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin has been censured.

Lu Ann Ballew said at the time that Messiah was a title held only by Jesus Christ. Ballew's attorneys have argued that she was acting in the child's best interest because having the name Messiah could make his life difficult.

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8:03am

Tue March 4, 2014
Politics

Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Switchblade Knives

Credit tn.gov

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill to legalize switchblades and other knives with blades longer than 4 inches in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 24-1 on Monday to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville.

The measure would make it a felony to use a switchblade knife during the commission of a crime and would increase the maximum fine from $3,000 to $6,000.

Legislative analysts project that the measure would lead to one incarceration every 10 years.

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5:25pm

Sun March 2, 2014
Sports

Weekend Wins for Men’s and Women’s Blue Raider Basketball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Jones had 15 points and Middle Tennessee bounced back from its first loss in eleven games to lead wire-to-wire in a 65-41 blowout of Rice on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee (22-8, 12-3 Conference USA) opened the game with an 11-3 run, led 33-19 at halftime and extended to 63-38 for their largest lead.

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