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Tennessee Senate Votes To Let Guns Into State Capitol

Guns could soon be allowed inside the Tennessee Capitol. The state Senate voted this morning to add the statehouse to a measure, House Bill 995, that would allow guns in all parks in Tennessee. Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) suggested the amendment to bring attention to the "hypocrisy" of allowing guns around children, yet not lawmakers. But Republicans called his bluff and approved it. "If we're going to pass a law that requires local governments to have guns in their parks, then we should...
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Chattanooga Senator Todd Gardenhire is being criticized for shouting an expletive at a supporter of the Insure Tennessee health plan after yesterday's emotional debate.

Video posted on YouTube captures the Republican lawmaker yelling at an unseen man who had questioned whether Gardenhire would drop the health coverage he receives as a state legislator.

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Guns could soon be allowed inside the Tennessee Capitol.

The state Senate voted this morning to add the statehouse to a measure, House Bill 995, that would allow guns in all parks in Tennessee.

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) suggested the amendment to bring attention to the "hypocrisy" of allowing guns around children, yet not lawmakers. But Republicans called his bluff and approved it.

Museum curators, instrument dealers and some of the world's most esteemed musicians will be clutching paddles today at Cloiduff's auction house in New York. They're gathering for what is expected to be an eight-figure sale of perhaps the rarest instruments ever to appear at auction: a pair of lovingly restored Stradivarius timpani.

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State lawmakers have turned back a second attempt to implement Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee health plan, but supporters say they will keep up the push, regardless.

Hundreds of Insure Tennessee backers jammed Legislative Plaza Tuesday in the hope that lawmakers might be persuaded to embrace it at last.

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A state representative from Rutherford County has withdrawn a bill that would have required doctors to show women an ultrasound of their fetus before getting an abortion. Lawmakers said they were concerned about a technicality of the bill, but it hasn’t had much support from the start.

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An unexpected surge in business tax collections may go to build a new Tennessee State Museum —in its first ever dedicated home. Governor Bill Haslam proposed using $120 million to get started on a building that’s been mired in the planning stage for years. 

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Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted by a two-thirds margin Monday night to open up parks in Nashville and other cities to guns. The move sets up a potential confrontation with Gov. Bill Haslam — right as the state prepares to play host to tens of thousands of gun owners.

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School vouchers look like they may soon become a reality in Tennessee, after the Senate approved a voucher plan Monday night.

Lawmakers say they've come up with a program that targets children in some of the state's worst-performing schools — without crippling their districts.

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A pair of Nashville charter schools may get dedicated police officers in the fall. During the city's budget hearings, the police department requested additional positions related to the growth of charter schools.

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The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.

Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.

“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”

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