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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than two-dozen Middle Tennessee Red Cross volunteers are lending a hand in West Virginia following severe flooding there last week.

Mid-State Sr. Disaster Program Manager David Kitchen says the damage in West Virginia is so severe his folks are having trouble reaching the areas with the most pressing need. He says volunteers are providing shelter, food, medical care, emotional care, and disaster assessments.

New state laws take effect on Friday, July 1

Jun 28, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A number of new state laws are set to take effect on Friday, including one that requires all DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device.

Other measures taking effect this week include an extension of the Statute of Limitations for cases of Aggravated Statutory Rape from 15 to 18 years.

School bus drivers will face more severe penalties if they’re caught using a cell phone or other electronic devise while transporting Tennessee children.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’re one of the 250,000 people expected to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in downtown Nashville, you should be aware that new security restrictions will be in force.

WKRN-TV reports that only a handful of items will be allowed into the celebrations downtown, including a blanket or tarp, a personal umbrella, personal camera, and a small bag measuring no larger than 16 by 10 by 4.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down abortion laws in Texas that are nearly identical to abortion regulations on the books in Tennessee.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

High speed chase turns deadly, Murf. woman killed

Jun 27, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The family of a Murfreesboro woman killed over the weekend in a police chase turned deadly are working to raise money for her funeral.

WTVF-TV reports that 28-year-old Jessica Miranda Campos was killed Friday afternoon at the corner of South Church Street and Veterans Parkway. Her car was struck by an SUV being pursued by police.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that high speed chase began in Coffee County when they allege 28-year-old Garieon J. Simmons stole a vehicle, sparking a pursuit that continued into Rutherford County.