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State senators are dropping plans to get involved in Nashville's debate over short-term rental units owned by investors. The decision comes just one day after their counterparts in the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to put a two-year moratorium on new rules.

JoAnne Favors
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The sponsor of a plan to put seatbelts on all school buses says she believes the measure is in a good position to pass the state legislature next year.

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Tennessee lawmakers are trying to finish up their business for the year, but the close vote over hiking the gas tax a few weeks ago seems to be getting in the way. Democrats and some rank-and-file Republicans felt steamrolled and forced to approve the governor’s infrastructure spending plan. So last week they took pot shots while trying to finalize the state’s $37 billion budget. State capitol reporter Chas Sisk joins WPLN’s Blake Farmer to explain what this says about the political mood at the legislature.

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Nashville's Democratic Congressman berated the health care bill that passed in the U.S. House Thursday. Jim Cooper called the bill "a box of old Republican bandaids" at a press conference at the Nashville Library Friday morning. He accused his conservative colleagues of fast-tracking a plan that's destructive to those with pre-existing conditions.

Tennessee gay marriage celebration
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Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that is seen as a way to chip away at gay marriage rights in the state. The legislation orders courts to use the "natural and ordinary" definitions of legal terms like husband, wife, father and mother. Governor Bill Haslam says he didn't see a problem with the bill because, he argued, it doesn't do much.

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Update 5/5/17 at 3pm: 

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives have set aside their differences and approved the state's $37 billion budget.

That comes just a day after bickering over the budget exposed a wide gulf between House Republican leaders and their rank-and-file colleagues. They joined with Democrats to cause more than $300 million in changes to the budget, as a show of force.

But House Majority Leader Glen Casada, R-Franklin, said they were convinced overnight to change their mind.

President Trump's Tweets, Annotated

May 4, 2017
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President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely give the full context. Here, NPR fact checkers attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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The 20-week abortion measure is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk, as weeks of back and forth in the Tennessee legislature came to a head Wednesday on the floor of the state House of Representatives with a final round of heated debate.

The measure requires women to undergo additional testing if their doctors believe a fetus is past 20 weeks. If it's determined to be viable, an abortion could be performed only to protect the mother's life.

Bill Dunn
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The Tennessee House has approved a measure that would make it easier — and possibly lucrative — for groups like the National Rifle Association to sue local governments over gun bans.

Supporters hope the proposal will have the effect of toppling some of the few remaining gun-free zones, such as transit stations.

Nashville MTA bus photo
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A measure that could effectively allow guns on city buses and inside stations is close to passing the Tennessee legislature.

The Senate Finance Committee approved the proposal on Tuesday, sending it to the floor for a final vote within the next few days. The state House of Representatives is scheduled to take the measure up on Wednesday.

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