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1. State Sen. Charlotte Burks Not Seeking Re-Election
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Sen. Charlotte Burks says she will not seek re-election next year.
2. Cock Fighting Bill Dead This Session
- Wednesday, April 10, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of legislation to make cock fighting a felony says he believes his bill failed Monday evening because of strong support for the practice in rural parts of Tennessee.
3. Tenn. Gov's Civil Service Bill Headed to His Desk
- Friday, April 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul state civil service rules headed to him Thursday to become law despite opposition from some lawmakers whose constituents are uncomfortable with parts of the legislation.
4. New Laws on Tenure, Terrorism Still Contentious
- Friday, July 01, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – A batch of new laws are taking effect in Tennessee on Friday, July 1, including a measure that toughens tenure requirements for teachers and another that is billed as fighting terrorism but that Muslim residents worry has targeted them for unfounded suspicion.
5. Tenn. Charter School Bill Advancing in Senate
- Thursday, March 31, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that seeks to create more charter schools in Tennessee would hurt public schools, critics said of the proposal that advanced in the Senate on Wednesday.
The measure, which is one of Gov. Bill Haslam's top priorities, passed the Senate Education Committee on a 7-2 vote and is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee. The companion bill was to be heard in the House Education Subcommittee also on Wednesday.
6. Forbes: Memphis Near Top for Retirement Bargains
- Thursday, January 27, 2011
In the past Memphis has been named in top 10 lists for murder, obesity, lack of education and lower standards of women’s health.
But the latest top 10 ranking has the city smiling all the way to grandma’s house.
7. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor
- Wednesday, January 13, 2010
John Pellicciotti is pursuing his master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He’s writing his thesis. And this week, after trying several times for several years, the small-business owner and consultant got some real-world experience in his degree area.
8. Former Tenn. House Leader, Once Elected in Prison, Dies
- Friday, September 18, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnett, whose political career survived his first federal conviction but not his second, has died. He was 67.
9. State Senate Passes Bill to Expand Tenn. Charter Schools
- Friday, May 08, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More Tennessee students would be eligible to attend charter schools under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday.
The measure sponsored by Republican Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson of Knoxville was approved 22-7.
10. Bill to Protect Tenn. State Employees Progresses
- Wednesday, March 04, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal giving Gov. Phil Bredesen greater flexibility in preventing state employee layoffs is among several bills that have passed the Legislature to help an administration facing major budget cuts amid deep recession.
11. Tenn. Senate Rejects Bill to Allow Minors to Work Where Smoking Allowed
- Wednesday, March 05, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate on Monday rejected a proposal to allow people younger than 21 to work in restaurants that allow smoking.
The Senate voted 15-8 against the bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Stanley, a Memphis Republican. There were seven abstentions.
12. Senate Approves Bill Allowing Guns Where Alcohol Served
- Thursday, January 17, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is a step closer to joining more than 30 other states that allow individuals with handgun permits to carry the weapon in establishments that serve alcohol.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, passed the Senate 24-6 on Wednesday. The House bill remains in a subcommittee.