Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor Thursday.

The proposal is sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga.

It's similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed. The governor also failed to pass voucher legislation in the previous session.

Under Gardenhire's proposal, eligibility would be opened to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The publishing arm of the Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention has stopped selling popular accounts of the afterlife like "Heaven is for Real" and "90 Minutes in Heaven" at its national chain of Lifeway Christian Bookstores.

Last summer, Southern Baptists at their annual convention warned that such books and films can lead people astray with "personal testimonies that cannot be corroborated" and sometimes conflict with Scripture.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would strip local governments of the power to ban guns in public parks is advancing in the Tennessee Legislature despite concerns from the governor.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville was approved 15-5 Tuesday in the House Finance Committee and is now being scheduled for a vote on the House floor. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proposals that seek to re-enact abortion laws that were struck down by a state Supreme Court decision are advancing in the Tennessee House.

The two bills passed the House Health Subcommittee on voice votes Tuesday.

One measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough and would require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems have filed a lawsuit against the state saying local schools are not being funded as required by law.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Chancery Court of Davidson County. The suit alleges the state has "breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education for the children of this state."