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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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The winter weather is wearing on Tennesseans after several inches of snow brought much of daily life to a standstill Wednesday.

Parts of Montgomery County reported 18 inches of snow on the ground Wednesday morning. Kentucky State Police have closed I-24 near Clarksville because there is so much snow on the road. As of 10 a.m., Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has confirmed one weather-related fatality: A 46-year-old man from Dickson County died in an auto accident.

Alan Light of south Nashville worries about the weather's economic impact.

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A long-time principal who is now a legislator says too many Tennessee students are blowing off mandatory college entrance exams and dragging down the average score for the state and districts.

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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.

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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.


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