Politics

8:03am

Tue March 4, 2014
Politics

Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Switchblade Knives

Credit tn.gov

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill to legalize switchblades and other knives with blades longer than 4 inches in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 24-1 on Monday to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville.

The measure would make it a felony to use a switchblade knife during the commission of a crime and would increase the maximum fine from $3,000 to $6,000.

Legislative analysts project that the measure would lead to one incarceration every 10 years.

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10:43am

Fri February 28, 2014
Politics

Mid-State Grad Student Introduces President Obama

MTSU student Joshua Crutchfield introduces President Barak Obama Feb. 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Credit Organizing for Action

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state student had what he calls a “once in a life-time” opportunity this week.

Joshua Crutchfield, a 26 year old graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, was invited to introduce President Barack Obama at Washington event promoting the Affordable Care Act.

Crutchfield recently purchased insurance through the new online insurance marketplace, a part of President Obama’s signature health care reform.

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6:01am

Fri February 28, 2014
Politics

No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss

Senator Bob Corker
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

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12:36pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Another Top Tennessee Democrat Bows Out

State Rep. Mike Turner
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says he won’t seek re-election.

Turner is telling members of the House of Representatives that he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving District 51 for 14 years. The district covers the areas of Old Hickory, Madison, east Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.

Turner has served as caucus chairman since 2009.

Turner’s announcement follows word last month that Democratic State Rep. Charles Curtiss is also stepping down after serving in the House for 19 years.

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12:33pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Some Tennessee Vets Express Concerns About Proposed Military Cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Proposed cuts to the Pentagon's budget have some Tennessee military veterans concerned.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings. It’s part of a broad reshaping of priorities following more than a decade of war.

Colonel Kent Crossley (retired), a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers of America, says he  served through the deep cuts that the military suffered at the end of the conflict in Vietnam.

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