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Tennessee Lawmakers — Led By Republicans — Debate Post-Ferguson Response

Tennessee lawmakers are getting ready to vote on a bill that would require police departments to officially ban racial profiling. The measure is the first of several filed in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last summer. Many are backed by Republicans.
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Undocumented students in Tennessee are one step closer to getting in-state tuition at public colleges. 

Right now, undocumented students pay out-of-state rates, even if they’re Tennessee residents. That meant 20-year-old Diana Montero couldn't afford a public university, although she had a 3.8 GPA in high school. Her family came to the U.S. illegally when she was three years old.

“I kind of felt left behind," Montero said. "What about me? I’ve been here for so long. I’ve tried my hardest. What am I doing wrong that I can’t afford this?"

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Tennessee lawmakers are working to strip local governments of the power to ban guns in their parks.

A House subcommittee has given initial approval to House Bill 995, which would let people with handgun permits take their weapons into any park in Tennessee. The measure would overturn a 2009 law that opened state parks to guns but let local governments close their parks if they so chose.

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Tennessee lawmakers are getting ready to vote on a bill that would require police departments to officially ban racial profiling.

The measure is the first of several filed in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last summer. Many are backed by Republicans.

TN Guard

More than a third of February's weather-related fatalities are blamed on hypothermia.

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The list of students who are eligible for Tennessee Promise now has 20,000 fewer names on it.

Nearly every high school senior in the state applied for the free community and technical college program last fall, but a third of them didn’t complete the first mandatory steps.


Sales of Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti spiked nearly 20 percent in February after a sluggish 2014. The company believes customers were slow to embrace a recent name change for Infiniti cars and SUVs.

There are only two options now: Q for cars and QX for SUVs. Infiniti pulled the trigger on streamlining the model names last year. Spokesman Kyle Bazemore says it was part of the reason sales were flat.

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Nashville musician Robert K. Wolf is in a clinical trial, taking a drug so new it doesn’t even have a name yet. His cancer began in the bladder. From there it’s spread — to his bones, his neck and his back.

If the clinical trial doesn't help, Wolf wants the ability to buy drugs that haven’t even reached this stage of testing.

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State lawmakers are considering a plan that public defenders say could gut their funding in Tennessee’s four biggest cities. The proposal would roll back a 23-year-old law that has tied the budgets of defenders to those of prosecutors.

TN Education Dept.

The amount of testing in Tennessee’s public schools is under scrutiny, with the state's new education commissioner naming a task force Monday to complete a review by this summer. 

Parents frequently tell commission Candice McQueen that there is "too much testing," according to an education department press release. 

Tennessee State Athletics

NBA veteran and Tennessee State University alum Anthony Mason died this weekend, after suffering a serious heart attack in early February. He was 48.

The 6-foot-7 forward played for six teams during his 13-year career in the NBA. He's best known for his time on the New York Knicks in the early '90s, playing alongside Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks.

Mason played for TSU from 1985 to '88, becoming the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points.


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