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10:39am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Will court force Tennessee to reveal executioner's names?

Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where Tennessee's Death Row is located.
Credit tn.gov

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices that they should not be forced to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for the state’s 11 death row inmates.

Attorneys for the inmates say they need the names in order to determine whether the people charged with carrying out executions are qualified. If they aren't, it would benefit the inmates' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.

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9:51am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Tenn. mom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in chase

Police dash-cam video of the confrontation between Tennessean Oriana Ferrell and New Mexico State Police

ALBUQURQUE, NM (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in the northern tourist town of Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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11:18am

Tue December 16, 2014
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Three days, three armed robberies in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There’s been a string of armed robberies in Murfreesboro in the past few days.

Police say that JD’s Market on Maney Ave. was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. The clerk told police the robber was wearing all black and had his hands and face covered.

On Sunday, three different residents at the University Ridge Apartments near Middle Tennessee State were robbed minutes apart at gunpoint. In two cases the robbers forced their way into the resident’s home.

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9:48am

Tue December 16, 2014
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Report: Tenn. sacrificing the "health of its children"

Credit tobaccofreekids.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A new report chides Tennessee for spending a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars it receives in tobacco settlement money on smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Tennessee will receive just over $403 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but the state will spend just $5 million on smoking cessation.

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11:11am

Mon December 15, 2014
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Nashville officer wounded, teen killed in exchange of gunfire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nashville SWAT Team member was wounded and a teenaged robbery suspect killed in a confrontation with police.

WTVF reports that 16-year-old Xavier McDonald died in the exchange of gunfire. Forty-two year old veteran officer John Downs was shot in the leg near the groin.

Metro Police say they responded to a robbery call at around 7 p.m. last night. A man reported being robbed in the parking lot of a condo complex in the Nashboro Village area.

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