Politics

7:36am

Wed February 19, 2014
Politics

Nun Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison for East Tenn. Nuke Protest

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.

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7:34am

Wed February 19, 2014
Politics

Bill Seen by Some as Anti-Gay Dead in the Tenn. Legislature

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 Mike Bell of Riceville was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.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

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10:23am

Tue February 18, 2014
Politics

Hundreds of School Board Members Flood the State Capitol

Credit tsba.net

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  About 500 local school board members from across Tennessee are crowding the halls of the State Capitol today to speak to their legislators about education.

The annual Tennessee School Boards Association “Day on the Hill” gives school board members and system superintendents a chance to express their opinions about bills pending before the General Assembly.

Association spokesman Lee Harrell says members are watching a couple of bills this year, including two competing proposals that would introduce a school voucher system in Tennessee.

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12:40pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Legislation Would Allow Businesses to Deny Service to Same-Sex Couples

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee legislators will consider a bill tomorrow that would allow wedding-related businesses to refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs.

Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville and Knoxville Rep. Bill Dunn are sponsoring the proposal. It was introduced in the wake of recent court rulings in other states striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

Bell says he thinks Tennessee's ban will be overturned eventually and the bill would protect the religious beliefs of business owners.

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12:37pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Politics

UAW Drive Falls Short in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — TheUnited Auto Workers failed to unionize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga last week.

The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen's only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides.

UAW spokesman Gary Casteel decried what he called outside interference in the vote, but conceded defeat.

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