Tue July 1, 2014

Baker Funeral to be Held in Tennessee Hometown

Former Senator Howard Baker
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HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The funeral for former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. is scheduled to take place in his rural northeastern Tennessee hometown on Tuesday.

Baker, a Republican whose 18-year tenure in the Senate drew accolades from both sides of the aisle, is known for cutting to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked of then-President Richard Nixon: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

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Tue July 1, 2014

Vice President Biden to Visit the Mid-State Next Week

Vice President Joe Biden
Credit whitehouse.gov



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will help kick off the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville next week.

The event begins on July 10 and runs through July 13. The agenda includes discussions of innovations around the states in areas like education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs.

The meetings include several "governors-only" sessions, in a private, off-the-record setting.

Biden is scheduled to attend the opening session of the meeting.

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Wed June 25, 2014

Tenn. Senate Committee Holds Hearing Over Chief Justice Complaint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican panel spent four hours questioning top judicial officials about the handling of a complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the investigation, headed by Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, has stalled after officials with the state Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and the state Board of Judicial Conduct said no laws were broken and no judicial rules violated.

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Fri June 20, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Demand Tenn. Education Chief's Resignation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

The letter dated Thursday cites complaints from school administrators, teachers and students about Huffman's leadership style as his department implements a series of changes in K-12 education.

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Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Appeals Court to Weigh Tennessee Gay Marriage Cases

CINCINNATI (AP/WMOT) — A federal appeals court has scheduled oral arguments in gay marriage fights in Tennessee and three other states.

Though each case is unique, they all deal with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Aug. 6 on whether to uphold gay marriage victories in the four states it oversees.

Chris Sanders, Director of the Tennessee Equality Project, says that a victory in this case would likely lead to additional litigation.

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