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108th Tennessee General Assembly
8:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#6)

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The ACLU of Tennessee and the Tennessee Equality Project have spoken out against a piece of legislation known as the Religious Freedom Act.

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Religious Freedom Act
4:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

ACLU "Surprised" By Religious Freedom Act

Sen. Brian Kelsey introduced the Religious Freedom Act last week, only to withdraw his sponsorship Thursday.
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The American Civil Liberties Union’s Nashville office usually has a pretty good idea of what bills they’ll need to address before they’re introduced.  The Religious Freedom Act was an exception.

Introduced shortly before last week’s filing deadline, HB2467 and SB2566 would protect business owners from having to provide goods or services to gay couples “in furtherance of a civil union, domestic partnership, or marriage not recognized by the Tennessee Constitution.” 

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Guns In Parks Measure Passes Senate, May Face Changes In House

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 A measure that would strip local governments of the authority to decide whether handgun carry permit holders can bring their firearms into city parks passed the Senate by a wide margin Thursday, but its future in the House is unclear.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Legislation Update: Immigration And Method-Of-Execution Bills

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A Tennessee state Senate committee has delayed one immigration-related bill and approved another.                                  

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Winter 2014
10:21 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Half Foot Of Snow in Knox Most In 21 Years

Pat Summitt's statue on the University of Tennessee campus beams with pride, despite a new hat and coat made of snow, courtesy of an overnight winter storm.
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Schools, government offices and even the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus are closed today in the wake of a winter storm that dumped nearly six inches of snow at McGee-Tyson airport overnight. 

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Voting Rights
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

US Attorney General Asks Tennessee And Other States To Restore Voting Rights To Ex-Felons

US Attorney General Eric Holder / February 7, 2014 / Reception for baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in Washington, DC / Photo by Nick Wass/AP
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US Attorney General Eric Holder has asked Tennessee and 10 other states (Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, and Virginia) to restore voting rights to those with former felony convictions.

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Winter 2014
4:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Cell Phone Battery Often Overlooked In Winter Prep

Traffic comes to a standstill outside Atlanta, Georgia after a January 28 snowstorm caught the city, and thousands of unprepared drivers, by surprise.
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Most of the advice we hear when preparing to travel during a winter storm has remained unchanged for generations.  For instance, fill up your tank with gas, carry extra blankets, a flashlight, and some food and water. 

But here’s something Grandma never had to consider—make sure your cell phone battery is ready.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Tennessee Senate Committee To Discuss Immigration Legislation

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Tomorrow, the Tennessee Senate Education Committee will discuss legislation that would qualify undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition to the state’s universities and community colleges.

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Haslam Approval
5:09 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Haslam’s Support Falling Among Independents

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 A new poll released Monday by Middle Tennessee State University shows Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam’s popularity has fallen substantially in the last year.  The poll showed Haslam’s approval dropping from 61 percent in the Spring of 2013 to 47 percent. 

MTSU pollsters suggest the drop was primarily due to a marked decrease in support from Democrats and Independents.  Approval among Democrats fell from 52 percent to 42 percent while support from Independents dropped from 69 percent to 41 percent.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
9:13 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#5)

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Checking in on Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly... 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about a secret survey in the House and Governor Haslam's plan to offer free tuition to two-year community colleges and technical schools...   

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