Politics

12:49pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Politics

Proposed Ag Bill Has Tenn Livestock Producers Worried

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bi-partisan support in the Senate is expected to overcome liberal as well as conservative criticism of a massive five-year farm bill that spends nearly $100 billion a year on food stamps and crop subsidies.

The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, says she has no doubt senators will approve the measure.

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10:22am

Thu January 30, 2014
Politics

Obama to Visit Mid-State School of Shooting Victim

President Barak Obama
Credit whitehouse.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (APWMOT) — President Barack Obama will visit McGavok High School this afternoon, two days after a student there fatally shot a classmate.

The shooting took place within an hour of the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.

Police say 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol at at an apartment near the school. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson says the teenager didn’t know the gun was loaded.

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8:18am

Tue January 28, 2014
Politics

SCORE Pushes Common Core, Other Education Improvements

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An influential reform group has released its annual assessment of education in Tennessee.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, was founded by former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist and counts the education committee chairs in both chambers of the State Legislature among its leadership.

The report notes that SCORE believes Tennessee is at a “critical point in its work to improve student academic achievement.”

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5:44am

Tue January 28, 2014
Politics

Obama to visit Tennessee After State of the Union Address

President Obama delivers his 2013 SOTU address.
Credit whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) —  President Obama will follow up Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to Congress with visits to several states, including Tennessee.

On Thursday, Obama will give a speech at McGavock High School in Nashville. He will reportedly highlight administration plans for boosting the economy and helping the unemployed.

WSMV-TV says a White House advance team visited McGavock yesterday. The President apparently chose McGavock because it’s nationally recognized for its career academies model of instruction.

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11:16am

Wed January 22, 2014
Politics

Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Highlights Upcoming Tenn. Abortion Vote

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  Wednesday marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion. The decision gave women the right to make their own reproductive choices.

Tennessee may be on the verge of placing curbs on that right. This fall Tennesseans will get the chance to vote on a state constitutional amendment that would grant local lawmakers more power to regulate abortion.

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