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7:38am

Wed February 19, 2014
Top Stories

Pastor Who Died of Rattlesnake Bite Remembered

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — People in southeastern Kentucky have been lining up to pay their respects to a snake-handling pastor who died after being bitten by a snake during a church service.

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7:36am

Wed February 19, 2014
Politics

Nun Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison for East Tenn. Nuke Protest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant.

Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH'-bed) and Michael Walli. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison.

The three activists cut through three fences on July 28, 2012, and reached a storage bunker that holds the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.

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7:34am

Wed February 19, 2014
Politics

Bill Seen by Some as Anti-Gay Dead in the Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Under the measure, a person or group wouldn't have to provide services for a domestic partnership or marriage not recognized by the state if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Tennessee does not recognize same-sex marriages.

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7:31am

Wed February 19, 2014
Top Stories

Funeral Set for Lebanon Couple Who Died from Package Bomb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been scheduled Saturday for a couple who died after a package bomb exploded in their rural Tennessee home.

Jon Setzer, a 74-year-old retired lawyer, died when the package detonated at his Lebanon home on Feb. 10. Setzer's 72-year-old wife, Marion, died later at an area hospital.

The couple's son-in-law, 49-year-old Richard Parker, is accused of killing them both and is facing charges in connection with the crime. Parker pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and unlawful weapon charges at a hearing on Tuesday.

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11:53am

Tue February 18, 2014
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Lebanon Bomb Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — A man accused of killing his in-laws with a package bomb that exploded in their rural Tennessee home has pleaded not guilty.

Richard Parker is charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon. Through a public defender, Parker pleaded not guilty to all charges at an arraignment hearing Tuesday.

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