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Fri March 15, 2013

Gov. Haslam Signs Guns-in-Trunks Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and four fellow Republican co-sponsors on Thursday submitted a letter for inclusion into the Senate Journal elaborating on their legislative intent for the measure.

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Tue March 12, 2013
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Trial Begins in Case of Newborn Twins Killed

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The trial of a Hendersonville woman charged with murder in the smothering death of her newborn twins got underway Tuesday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Lindsay Lowe told police she hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the boys at home in September, 2011. Police say she then smothered them so her parents wouldn’t hear their cries.

In his opening remarks, District Attorney General Ray Whitley read part of the statement police say Lowe made under questioning.

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Mon March 11, 2013

Transmission problem eases, no gas trip proceeds

MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts, left, explains the hydrogen fueling process to a Savannah, Ga., television reporter. A 2005 Toyota Prius and a 1994 Toyota Tercel use hydrogen from water separated by sun (solar), all produced on the MTSU campus, as the fuel sources.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee State University professor says his coast-to-coast trip using no gasoline had to work around a glitch on the first day.

But Dr. Cliff Ricketts said he's "99 percent sure" the transmission coolant problem his backup driver experienced Saturday was not related to the hydrogen fuel the car is using.

Ricketts and his backup driver are making a trip from Tybee Island, Ga., to Long Beach, Calif., this week.

The cars are being powered by solar energy and hydrogen, which was obtained from water.

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Mon March 11, 2013
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Tenn. bill would require proof of meningitis shots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee legislators are hoping to help prevent college students from contracting a contagious form of meningitis.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof they've gotten a meningitis shot.

Middle Tennessee State University freshman Jacob Nunley died last year less than 24 hours after contracting meningococcal (meh-NIN'-joh-KAH'-kul) meningitis. It’s a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

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Fri March 8, 2013

Tenn. January Unemployment Increases Slightly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for January was 7.7 percent, a slight increase from the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said Thursday that there are more than 2.8 million people employed in Tennessee.

That's the highest employment total for the state since December 2007.

The unemployment rate for last December was 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 7,600 jobs between December and January.