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8:08am

Wed December 18, 2013
Top Stories

Severe Weather Possible This Weekend in Tennessee

Credit weather.gov

 

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A volatile weather front rumbling out of the Plains States is expected to reach Tennessee Sunday.

The Storm Prediction Center says severe storms are possible this weekend in parts of the Southern Plains and Southeast.

The center, based in Norman, Okla., says damaging winds and some tornadoes are possible Saturday in an area stretching from Austin, Texas, to Memphis, Tenn. The area at risk also includes southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and western Kentucky, along with much of Arkansas, northern Louisiana and southeast Oklahoma.

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9:13am

Tue December 17, 2013
Politics

Turner to Remain State Democratic Caucus Chairman

State Rep. Mike Turner
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Mike Turner has decided to remain House Democratic Caucus chairman.

Turner, who has served in the role for five years, said last month that he planned to step down in January because of philosophical differences with the state's Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron.

But caucus spokesman Sean Braisted says Turner decided to stay in the position after talking with many of his House colleagues and receiving their support.

Braisted says Turner will stay on through the end of his term in 2014.

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9:08am

Tue December 17, 2013
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Mid-State Based SBC Pans Polygamy Ruling

Credit utd.uscourts.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Middle Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention is weighing in a federal judge's ruling that effectively decriminalizes polygamy.

The Rev. Russell Moore says the ruling puts vulnerable women and children at risk and also undermines the Bible's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in the decision handed down Friday that a provision in Utah's bigamy law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion.

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9:19am

Mon December 16, 2013
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DCS Says Doing Better Job Reporting Child Deaths

Credit state.tn.us/youth

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services says it's doing a better job reporting child deaths.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1j98mkV) reports that several DCS officials recently testified before the state Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

The agency first fell under scrutiny more than a year ago over its inconsistent reporting of child deaths.

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7:56am

Mon December 16, 2013
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MTSU, A&M Sign Scientific Research Pact

Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine Jr., left, shakes hands Friday with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee on A&M’s campus following the signing of an agreement for greater research and training collaboration between the universities.
Credit MTSU photos

 

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M have signed a pact for scientific research.

Under the agreement the universities will seek to participate in and enhance faculty and student research and training programs, as well as provide access for each institution's students to education and training programs not available at the other.

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