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Tennessee lawmakers OK $33.8B annual state spending plan

Tennessee lawmakers OK $33.8B annual state spending plan

April 17th, 2015 9:29 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

State lawmakers on Thursday approved Tennessee's $33.8 billion annual spending plan after rejecting Democrats' attempts to add a provision to authorize Medicaid expansion that had been twice defeated earlier in the year.

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Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

April 17th, 2015 9:28 am by SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press; CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay.

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Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

April 16th, 2015 3:47 pm by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

A plan to make the Bible the official state book in Tennessee has been derailed and will almost certainly not be approved this year.

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Powdered alcohol creator tries to get ahead of state bans

Powdered alcohol creator tries to get ahead of state bans

April 16th, 2015 10:09 am by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press

After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder, which makes vodka and rum drinks or cocktails when mixed with water.

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Small aircraft lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

Small aircraft lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

April 16th, 2015 7:45 am by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Police arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall on Wednesday.

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Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

April 16th, 2015 7:07 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns - and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse- in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

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Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder

Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder

April 15th, 2015 10:27 am by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was found shot six times less than a mile from Hernandez's home.

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Tenn. lawmakers to restart debate on Bible as official book

Tenn. lawmakers to restart debate on Bible as official book

April 15th, 2015 8:45 am by Associated Press

Tennessee House members are preparing for another run Wednesday at making the Bible the official book of Tennessee. Time ran out on a raucous debate Tuesday about whether the measure would run afoul of the state and federal constitutions.

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3 local farmers apply to grow hemp

3 local farmers apply to grow hemp

April 15th, 2015 8:05 am by Nathan Baker, NET News Service

Darby Ratcliff, whose Pendleton Farms is near Tri-Cities Regional Airport, said he viewed the potential cash crop as a possible replacement for the tobacco fields that once provided income for families in Northeast Tennessee.

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Finally, Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors' fees

Finally, Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors' fees

April 15th, 2015 7:36 am by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.

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