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Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Allowing State College IDs to Vote Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee 8-0 on Tuesday with little debate.

The proposal doesn’t allow library cards issued by local governments, an issue that's been debated in court for about a year now.

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Wed March 6, 2013

Middle Tenn Determined to Earn NCAA Tourney Berth


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Kermit Davis wants his Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to seize control of their postseason destiny this year.

The Blue Raiders thought they had an NCAA tournament team a season ago before losing their regular season finale and in the Sun Belt Conference tournament quarterfinals. They wound up in the National Invitation Tournament.

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Fri February 22, 2013
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German Home-Schooling Family Seeks Asylum in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A couple who fled to Middle Tennessee from Germany with their five children has asked a federal appeals court to grant them asylum in the U.S.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided this week to hear oral arguments in April.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike removed their children from a German school in 2006 because they felt it was turning the children against the family's Christian values.

Attendance in a state-approved school is required in Germany, and parents who violate the law can face fines, jail and possible custody loss.

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Tue February 19, 2013
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Smyrna Woman Indicted for Her Children's Heat-Stroke Deaths

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of two young children who died after being left inside a hot car in Smyrna has been indicted on charges of murder.

The Daily New Journal reports the Rutherford County Grand jury has charged Samantha Harper with two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated child neglect for the Aug. 2 deaths of her children.

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Mon February 18, 2013
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KKK Plans Rally in Memphis Over Confederate Parks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan has applied for a permit to hold a rally next month in Memphis over the decision to strip off Confederate names from Memphis city parks.

WMC-TV in Memphis reports that the city received an application from the group. Police said the KKK is planning a rally on March 30.

Chief Administrative Officer George Little said if approved, they’ll be treated like any other group.

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