Wed February 13, 2013

State Democrats: President's Jobs Proposals Worked in Tennessee

Credit whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama is following up Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech with three days of appearances designed to rally support for the job-creation measures outlined in his message.

The President is in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday visiting an auto parts plant. He'll make stops in Atlanta Thursday and Chicago on Friday.

In his speech, Obama called job creation his "North Star." He asked Congress to focus on attracting jobs to the U.S., training American workers and boosting investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy.

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Wed February 13, 2013

Tenn. House Committee to Take Up Guns-in-Trunks Bill Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House leaders who last year fended off a bill to overrule businesses seeking to ban firearms in their parking lots appear to be giving up the fight.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says he and fellow Republicans just want to put the measure behind them so they can move on to other more pressing issues.

In McCormick's words: "We can argue about it and then pass it, or we can just pass it."

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Tue February 12, 2013

Tennesseans Remain Strongly Opposed to Gay Marriage

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Polls show Tennessee is falling further out of step with the rest of the nation on the issue of gay marriage.

Resistance to legalizing gay marriage is falling in much of the country, but opposition remains strong here in Tennessee.

In results released this week, a poll taken by Middle Tennessee State University shows that 61 percent of residents are opposed to gay marriage with 24 percent in favor. Nationwide just 43 percent are opposed with 48 percent in favor.

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Thu February 7, 2013

Could SCORE Recommendations Cause a Teacher Shortage in Tennessee?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An influential education advocacy group is pushing for Tennessee teacher candidates to face higher academic standards before they even begin taking college classes.

The move by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education comes after state education officials linked teacher effectiveness to better ACT scores.

SCORE says some colleges and universities admit teacher education students with marks as low as 15 on the college admissions test.

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Fri February 1, 2013

Tennessee Legislator Heads National Black Caucus

Rep. Joe Armstrong, Dem-Knoxville, District 15
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Democratic Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been selected to be the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for the next two years.

The Caucus was founded in 1977 to develop and promote educational, research and training programs that help African-American lawmakers be more effective when introducing legislation.

Armstrong says issues currently at the top of the caucus agenda include job growth and expansion of the Affordable Health Care Act.

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