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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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9:41am

Fri February 1, 2013
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A Dozen Tornadoes Confirmed from Wednesday's Storms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The number of confirmed tornadoes has grown to 12 as forecasters assess damage from Wednesday's storms in Tennessee.

All of the confirmed touchdowns were here in Middle Tennessee, although there was severe damage from micro-bursts that produced high winds in West Tennessee.

The strongest of the tornadoes — EF-2 strength — struck Mount Juliet in and near the Coble community in Hickman County.

Other counties with tornado damage include Cheatham, Dickson, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson.

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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
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New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

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5:53am

Wed January 30, 2013
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Damaging Storms Push Through Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Bordeaux man was killed before daybreak Wednesday morning as a line of strong storms moved through the mid-state.

WSMV-TV reports that 47-year-old Vernon Hartsell was killed around 3:30 a.m. Police say Hartsell was inside a shed on Abernathy Road when a tree fell on the building.

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