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8:50am

Wed January 18, 2012
ACLU Tenn. Announces Legislative Priorities

Agendas Take Shape for Legislative Session

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Tennessee Republicans go into the current Tennessee General Assembly firmly in control of both the House and Senate, and with a clear legislative agenda.

They’re not the only ones. Political action groups with a wide range of interests are also gearing up for the session.

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7:09am

Wed January 18, 2012
Speaker Harwell Convinces Casada to Drop Bill

No Changes to Tenn. Sunshine Laws This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is voicing opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings laws. She’s calling on a Republican colleague to drop a bill that seeks to make changes to the current rules.

Spokeswoman Kara Owen said in an email yesterday that Harwell doesn’t support efforts to allow members of local governments to meet behind closed doors as long as a quorum isn't present.

Owen says Harwell has spoken to Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin and that Casada agreed not to pursue the bill this year.

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5:36am

Wed January 18, 2012
Opponents Fear Impact on Gay Students

"Dont' Say Gay" Bill Before Education Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is once again before lawmakers.
The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and is scheduled to be heard today in the House Education Subcommittee.

The companion bill passed the Senate last year. It limits all sexually related instruction to, as the measure reads "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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10:17am

Tue January 17, 2012
Group will Track Governor's Campaign Promises

PolitiFact Comes to Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP/WMOT) --  Two Tennessee newspapers have teamed up to launch PolitiFact Tennessee, part of a national organization that works to hold politicians accountable by fact-checking their statemenst and claims.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis and the Knoxville News Sentinel will examine claims made by local, state and national officials. PolitiFact Tennessee will also track Gov. Bill Haslam's progress in meeting his campaign promises.

The papers that participate research statements by elected officials and others and rate their accuracy.

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9:58am

Tue January 17, 2012
MTSU Students Join 800 Service Day Volunteers

Tennesseans Volunteer During MLK Day of Service

(Left to Right) U.S. Sen. Bob Corker; Corinne C. Bergeron, Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville; and Mayor Karl Dean join volunteers in painting Nashville Fire Department
City of Nashville

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 800 area volunteers helped spruce up Nashville Fire stations and a local homeless charity over the long holiday weekend as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

The event was sponsored by Hands On Nashville and Mayor Karl Dean’s Impact Nashville initiative. Dean and Senator Bob Corker joined volunteers yesterday as they added a new coat of paint to Fire House 19.

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