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Thu April 12, 2012
"Law Undermines Education in Tennessee"

ACLU to Challenge "Monkey" Law

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s already talking to potential plaintiffs about challenging Tennessee’s so-called "monkey law."

The measure became law Tuesday without Governor Haslam’s signature. The governor complained that the bill would likely cause confusion, but also noted that it passed with comfortable margins in both chambers of the Tennessee legislature.

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Thu April 12, 2012
Davis Says Give Parents Bigger Say

State PTA Pres. Disturbed by Parental Invovlement Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers appear determined to legislate parent involvement in the education of their children and that has the head of the state Parent Teacher Association fired up.

Legislators are considering one measure that would have parents rate themselves on their level of involvement. A second proposal would ask school districts to develop a parental involvement contract .

Karen Davis, President of the Tennessee PTA is opposed to both measures.

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Thu April 12, 2012
Romney Will Have to "Sell" Tennesseans

Tenn. Reaction to Santorum Primary Exit

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary choice dropped out of the race this week, and one of his biggest in-state supporters is expressing disappointment.

Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he’s suspending his campaign to represent the GOP in this fall’s presidential election. Santorum won the Tennessee primary by a wide margin back in early March.

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Tue April 10, 2012
State Contractor's Association Sees Positive Trend

Construction Employment on the Rise in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There are indications that construction in Tennessee is starting to rebound.

Unemployment in the construction trades fell in the state by an average of more than nine percent per month over the winter.

Bill Young is a spokesman for the 600 member Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.  He says the AGC’s member companies are now reporting an improved business climate.

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Tue April 10, 2012
Tennessee Births Down by 25 Percent

Adolescent Pregnancies Down in Tennessee

NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee is tracking with a national trend toward fewer adolescent pregnancies.

New federal statistics out today show that nearly every state in the union saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010.

The biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent, while Mississippi had the highest rate. There were 55 teen births in Mississippi per 1,000 girls, though the rate there is also declining. 

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