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12:40pm

Wed February 6, 2013
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Tenn. Lawmaker Intent on Ending Affirmative Action

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Republican State Senator Jim Summerville of Dickson has introduced a series of bills that would effectively end affirmative action in Tennessee.

WMOT’s reporting partners at Sidelines newspaper are out with an in-depth look at the legislation Wednesday in a piece written jointly by reporters Quint Qualls and Sinclaire Sparkman.

Qualls spoke to WMOT News about the story. Use the streaming audio bar above to hear his comments.

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11:01am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Embattled DCS Commissioner O'Day Resigns

Former Commissioner O'Day
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Nashville, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has resigned amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling it cases.

It was revealed recently that an alarming number of children had died in 2012 while either in DCS custody or the subject of DCS abuse investigations.

Gov. Haslam announced O'Day’s resignation this morning with a press release. Just last week, the Republican governor had defended O'Day's leadership.

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8:13am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Two Rutherford County Sheriff's Officers Resign

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Two officers with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office have resigned after separate DUI arrests.

According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/14OPnSY ), one of the officers was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon while under the influence. He is 41-year-old Ronnie Pugh, who was a detention officer with the sheriff's department. Pugh was arrested Saturday by a state trooper.

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12:33pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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New Version of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Filed in Tenn.

Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, District 7
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would force schools to tell parents if their children have talked about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the Tennessee Legislature.

Opponents call the legislation unnecessary and a government intrusion into family matters.

The measure was filed Tuesday by state Sen. Stacey Campfield and is already drawing attention. The Knoxville Republican made headlines in 2011 with similar legislation often called the "Don't Say Gay" bill. It proposed a ban on classroom instruction or discussion of homosexuality.

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12:15pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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"State of Education in Tennessee" Report Out Tuesday

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An influential reform group is set to release its third annual report tomorrow morning on the state of education in Tennessee.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is the brain-child of former Tennessee Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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