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.
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 Mike Bell of Riceville was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.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.
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.
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.