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Why Are Parts Of The Tennessee Constitution Unconstitutional?

Why Are Parts Of The Tennessee Constitution Unconstitutional?

October 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

The Tennessee constitution is at the heart of this fall’s election, as voters consider four potential amendments that would change it. But what’s currently in written in the document has an interesting quirk: some passages don’t pass constitutional muster.

Minister Ira Rankins delivering a musical tribute during a mock funeral over Medicaid expansion organized by the NAACP. Credit: Bobby Allyn/ WPLN

NAACP Throws ‘Mock Funeral’ Urging Medicaid Expansion In Tennessee

October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The state chapter of the NAACP says the point was that Tennesseans without health care could die if Medicaid isn’t extended to more residents.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 4. Credit: Bobby Allyn / WPLN

Tennessee Voter Turnout Light So Far, Particularly In Nashville

October 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

By comparison, more people are voting every day in Knox County than over five days in Davidson County.

The Williamson County school board has been meeting in recent weeks to discuss Common Core and whether to pass a resolution in opposition. Credit: David Wright Smith

Williamson School Board Stops Just Shy Of Opposing Common Core

October 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

Every member of the Williamson County board of education voted for a resolution supporting local standards. But language saying the board “opposed Common Core” was ultimately stripped from the final document.

Juana Villegas and her attorney, Elliott Ozment, held a press conference on Monday to announce that federal officials have issues Villegas' a visa after a two-year wait. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Nashville Woman Shackled After Giving Birth Granted Temporary Citizenship, Ending Six Year Saga

October 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

Juana Villegas had been in line to get a U-Visa. Two years ago, a federal judge recommended that she qualify for one. It’s a special type of temporary visa for crime victims in the U.S.

A constitutional Amendment can only pass if it has 50-percent-plus-one of the total number of the voted tallied in the governor's race. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

Will The Amendments Pass? Depends On How Many Vote For Governor

October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

Advocates of defeating any of the four constitutional amendments on the November ballot are pushing Tennesseans to also cast a vote for governor – any candidate will do. The motivation springs from a state law linking the fate of the amendments to the total votes for governor.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

Alexander Slams EPA For ‘Regulating Mud Puddles’ While Defending His Own Votes For Coal Regulation

October 20, 2014 at 4:47 am

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander worked the words “regulating mud puddles” into nearly every answer at a candidate forum hosted by the Farm Bureau. He’s referring to new rules under the Clean Water Act governing navigable waterways. Mud puddles have become one of his most-used jabs at the White House during his reelection campaign.

Attorney John Jay Hooker has been on a crusade against Tennessee' method of selecting appeals judges for more than two decades. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

What Tennessee Voters Should Know About Amendment 2: Judicial Selection

October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

The current system calls for a committee to recommend appeals judges and the governor to appoint them. Voters get an up or down vote every eight years.

Gordon Ball is positioning himself as a moderate Democrat, in part to win over right-leaning voters. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Both Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball Try To Woo Tea Party Voters

October 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

Since Alexander’s primary challenger Joe Carr took 41 percent of the Republican vote, Alexander knows that converting his supporters will be important in the election.

Metro Public Health held a briefing on Ebola Thursday, primarily sharing information from the Centers for Disease Control on the infection and how it is spread. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Health Officials ‘Confident’ Nashville Can Handle Ebola, Though Few Plans Are In Place

October 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Metro Nashville’s top health official held a briefing for city agencies ranging from police to the water department on Thursday. The public was also invited to the Lentz Public Health Center, where Dr. Bill Paul said he’s confident the city can handle Ebola, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if a case shows up. But there’s been little coordination for how to handle an infected patient.

Voters in Putnam County were inspired by Amendment 1.

In Putnam County, Amendment 1 Is Bringing Voters To The Polls

October 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Several voters in Putnam County said closely-held religion views brought them to the polls.

President Glenda Glover ordered that every room in Boyd Hall be searched after shots were reportedly fired there Monday afternoon.

TSU Combs Through Dorms In Search Of Clues About Reported Shooting

October 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

According to university officials, one student has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting at Boyd Hall. Authorities are looking for a second suspect.

Congressman Jim Cooper said he's not a "camera hog," but he felt the GAO report on Tennessee's voter ID law should get more attention. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee Democrats Latch Onto Report That Voter ID Laws Suppress Turnout

October 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Republicans may be discrediting the non-partisan Government Accountability Office findings, but Democrats are holding press conferences to say, essentially, “We told you so.”

Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings spoke Tuesday about why her faith led her to oppose Amendment 1. Clergy supporting the amendment gathered across town later in the day to say their faiths led them to support the amendment. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Why Are Tennessee Churches Donating Only To The ‘Yes On 1′ Campaign?

October 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Clergy on both sides of the abortion amendment debate have been vocal about their views, but when it comes to money, only pro-amendment faith groups have been giving to a campaign. It’s a “cultural phenomenon,” one faith leader says.

A color casing ceremony involves packing up a units flags for the trip. Credit: Army Photo by Sam Shore

Ebola Fighters From 101st Airborne Hold Pre-Deployment Ceremony

October 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

As a final formal ceremony before leaving for West Africa, Fort Campbell soldiers cased their colors on Tuesday, essentially boxing up their unit flags until they arrive in Liberia for a six-month stay.

An American Airlines flight from Dallas taxied to a remote part of Nashville International Airport and only arrived at the gate after being given the all clear from the Centers for Disease Control. This photo is of a different plane. Credit: Aero Icarus via Flickr

Dallas To Nashville Passengers Remain ‘Fairly Calm’ Despite On-Flight Ebola Scare

October 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

A plane-load of passengers from Dallas sat on a runway in Nashville until early Monday morning waiting to see if someone who’d gotten sick mid-flight might have Ebola. They remained relatively calm despite the scare.

Gov. Bill Haslam gives out pens to Overton High School students after the final ceremonially signing of the bill. Credit: Micah Bradley / WPLN

What The State’s Largest Public College System Expects From Tennessee Promise

October 13, 2014 at 5:21 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents may see 5,000 to 6,000 new students next year — meaning students who otherwise wouldn’t attend a TBR school — as a result of Tennessee Promise. Four-year schools will be competing within the system for freshmen who could go to a community college for free.

Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist was the 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court case that catalyzed the proposed abortion amendment today. One justice even wrote a dissent laying out the conservative reasoning for a constitutional amendment. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Behind Amendment 1: How The Fight Over Abortion Laws In Tennessee Began

October 13, 2014 at 5:10 am

The story of Amendment 1 begins in 1883, when the legislature passes the state’s very first abortion law. It’s untouched until Roe v. Wade 90 years later, followed by a series of court cases that left Tennessee in a fierce debate over abortion regulations.

At a rally in Nashville on Oct. 10, 35-year-old Halmat Qazi, left, says he believes it's time for the international community to start backing Kurdish fighters. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Watching Violence Abroad, Nashville Kurds Call On U.S. Support Against ISIS

October 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Salih Doski was among the couple hundred people rallying for support in downtown Nashville on Friday. He doesn’t have family in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, but he says: “Kobane today, tomorrow will be Dahook city, where my family lives.”

Soldiers at Fort Campbell listen to briefings Thursday before leaving for Liberia later this month. Soldiers have been told they won't be in contact with the local population, but they are learning how to wear protective gear just in case. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Some 101st Airborne Troops Fear Ebola More Than Enemy Fighters

October 10, 2014 at 5:52 am

One of the military’s most heavily deployed Army divisions since 9/11 is prepping for a mission where flack jackets will do very little and rubber gloves save a lives. The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks. And soldiers say in some ways, Ebola is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.