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1:44pm

Mon April 1, 2013
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Student Self-Defense Bill Edges Toward Approval

Rep. Terry Lynn Weaver, Lancaster
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A bill that would allow students in the state’s public schools to defend themselves if attacked is up for consideration Monday in the Tennessee House.

Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster introduced the bill. She says current zero-tolerance policies mean every student involved in an on campus altercation faces expulsion. Weaver says her measure would allow students to defend themselves, or step in to help another student being assaulted.

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11:23am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Interest on Federal Student Loans Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans.

The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.

Lawmakers passed a bill postponing the rate increase last year, but Megan McClean of the Washington based National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says she’s not hearing any buzz on Capitol Hill about passing another extension.

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12:46pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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College Nondiscrimination Ban Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 on Wednesday. It was approved in the House 75-21 earlier this month.

The legislation does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University — a provision that caused Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto last year's version. The governor's office says it's OK with the current legislation.

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12:20pm

Tue March 26, 2013
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Governor Haslam Salutes Vietnam Veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans Monday afternoon, part of remembrance events leading up to the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of American troops from Southeast Asia.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Haslam was joined by Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Vietnam Veterans of America Tennessee State Council President Barry Rice.

Haslam recalled an emotional moment as he walked with a group of Vietnam vets during a Veterans Day Parade while mayor of Knoxville.

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12:14pm

Tue March 26, 2013
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Franklin Police Get Creative to Solve 22 Year-Old Murder

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Franklin police are getting creative in an attempt to solve the city’s only unsolved murder case.

Forty-nine year-old Franklin resident Peggy Cox was killed while working at the Hardees drive through on a February night in 1991. Police followed up on several leads at the time, but have had no luck solving the case in the 22 years since.

So Chief David Rahinksky has arranged for a society of forensic experts based in Philadelphia to review the case. The Vidocq Society draws on the expertise of forensic specialists from 17 states and 11 countries.

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