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12:33pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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New Version of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Filed in Tenn.

Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, District 7
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would force schools to tell parents if their children have talked about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the Tennessee Legislature.

Opponents call the legislation unnecessary and a government intrusion into family matters.

The measure was filed Tuesday by state Sen. Stacey Campfield and is already drawing attention. The Knoxville Republican made headlines in 2011 with similar legislation often called the "Don't Say Gay" bill. It proposed a ban on classroom instruction or discussion of homosexuality.

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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
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New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

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10:23am

Thu January 24, 2013
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Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

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10:21am

Thu January 24, 2013
Business

Dollar General to Open 635 Stores, Add 6,000 Jobs

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Goodlettsville based Dollar General  chain of discount retail stores says it’s going to open 635 new stores this year and add 6,000 new jobs.

The company also announced yesterday that plans to relocate 550 stores in 2013. The company says it plans to open the chain's 11,000th store before the year's end and the company's 75th anniversary in 2014.

Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling says that the company's continued growth reflects customer satisfaction.

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8:48am

Mon January 21, 2013
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Tenn. Pols Hope Gun Bill Won't Hurt VW Chances

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Efforts to land the assembly of another Volkswagen model in Tennessee have been kicked into high gear following the German automaker's unveiling of its CrossBlue SUV prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week.

Officials hope their chances won't be undermined by renewed efforts in the state Legislature to enact a law to guarantee employees the right to store firearms in vehicles parked at work.

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