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12:16pm

Wed November 28, 2012
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Catholic Challenge to Health Care Law Dismissed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Catholic nonprofits in Nashville that challenged a provision of the new federal health care law.

An attorney for the nonprofits said in court earlier this month that the agencies have a religious objection to providing health care coverage for their employees that includes services like contraception and sterilization.

He asked U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to issue an injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate.

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1:44pm

Tue November 27, 2012
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Bomb Threats Target Dozens of Tenn. Counties

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Authorities in Tennessee are investigating bomb threats that forced the evacuation of dozens of courthouses across the state, including several here in Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s Dean Flener says that - so far - bomb threats have been made against government facilities in 28 counties.

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10:28am

Tue November 27, 2012
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Former UT Board Member Says More Women Needed

Anne Holt Blacburn
Credit wkrn.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former University of Tennessee trustee says more women should be appointed to the board.

There are thousands more women than men enrolled on the four UT campuses, but only seven women sit on the 26-member board that oversees the operations of the state's nameplate university.

Well-known mid-state television news anchor Anne Holt Blackburn, cycled off the board when her six-year term expired in June. She says female members are more passionate about certain issues than men on the board are, and the women think differently about issues.

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8:13am

Mon November 26, 2012
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Harwell Retains Tennessee House Speaker's Gavel

Rep. Beth Harwell
Credit State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the House Republican caucus have nominated Speaker Beth Harwell for another term in charge of the chamber but ousted Rep. Judd Matheny from the No. 2 slot.

Matheny, of Tullahoma, was defeated Monday by Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville in a secret ballot.

Matheny had publicly mulled challenging Harwell for the top post before deciding to focus on another term as speaker pro tempore.

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7:35am

Thu November 22, 2012
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900 More Tennesseans At Risk from Tainted Injections

Credit cdc.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injections for back pain linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.

Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, says the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.

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