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The Bible Won't Become Tennessee's State Book — At Least Not Yet

The Bible will not become the state book of Tennessee — at least not this year. The state Senate voted 22-9 to set the proposal aside for the rest of the legislative session, citing an opinion from the Tennessee attorney general that it's unconstitutional.
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The state Senate has voted to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students in Tennessee.

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It's now up to Gov. Bill Haslam to decide whether to allow guns in local parks after state lawmakers approved a final version of the measure Thursday.

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Tennessee lawmakers have approved $120 million for a new home for the Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall.

Some lawmakers had complained the sum was too much to spend on one project. They tried to cut the amount in half, so funds could be diverted to other efforts like road-building.

But Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) says Tennessee should have a showcase museum, where important pieces of its history can be preserved.

"Thank goodness our founding fathers in Washington, D.C., saw fit to do the Smithsonian. I think that's important."

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The Bible will not become the state book of Tennessee — at least not this year.

The state Senate voted 22-9 to set the proposal aside for the rest of the legislative session, citing an opinion from the Tennessee attorney general that it's unconstitutional.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives has narrowly approved a bill that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book.

The measure now heads over to the state Senate, where it could face an equally strenuous debate.

House Bill 615 squeaked through the House Wednesday morning with 55 votes, just five more than the minimum needed to pass. Lawmakers spent more than two hours over two days debating the idea, longer than any other issue this session.

The American Civil Liberties Union is staying "mum" about whether it would sue over new abortion regulations moving through the state legislature. The Tennessee Senate approved three regulations Wednesday, months after voters passed an amendment giving the legislature more power to restrict the procedure. 

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Jesse Register delivered his final “state of the schools” address as Metro Schools superintendent Wednesday, and Mayor Karl Dean gave the introduction with an uncharacteristic flare.

“I really do believe – it’s sort of like Joni Mitchell said – you don’t know what you’ve got 'til it’s gone," Dean said. "We had something really good here.”

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