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MS Redistricting In Limbo

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday ended their 2011 session without finishing the job of redistricting. It's unclear what happens now. Federal judges could draw new legislative districts. Or, Republican Gov. Haley Barbour could call lawmakers back to do the job. Or,… continue reading ›

KY Tobacco Crop Continues Decline

Farmers in Kentucky and elsewhere are preparing to plant the fewest burley tobacco acres on record, according to government estimates. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers intend to set 94,750 acres of burley overall this year. That would be… continue reading ›

TN Senate Honors McWherter

Members of the House and Senate both unanimously honored former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter with a resolution on Thursday. McWherter, a two-term Democratic governor and longtime House speaker from West Tennessee, died Monday of cancer at the age of 80. As the state's 46th governor, he supported education improvements - called the "21st Century Classroom" - that put more computers and technology in classrooms, increased teachers' pay, shrunk class sizes and gave local school boards more control. Two funeral services are planned for McWherter this weekend. One will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville and the other is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Dresden on the front lawn of McWherter's home. continue reading ›

Bargaining Rights Bill Back To Committee

The sponsor of a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights has moved the measure back to the Senate Education Committee. The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin cleared the same panel in February on… continue reading ›

TN Not At Peace

A first-ever ranking lists Tennessee 49th nationally in the level of peace. The U.S. Peace Index is based on homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms. The rankings… continue reading ›

MS Furniture Firm Fined

United Furniture Industries, charged by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in February with safety violations, has paid its fine to the federal agency. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports OSHA reduced the original $66,000 penalty to $37,500. OSHA says… continue reading ›

Kindergarten Student Caught With Gun

A kindergartener is in state custody after he took a gun to a Memphis elementary school. Shelby County Schools spokesman Mike Tebbe told The Commercial Appeal the 6-year-old apparently brought the gun from home and kept it in his backpack… continue reading ›

Haslam Department Heads Get Pay Hikes

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is paying his department heads significantly more than their counterparts made in the administration of the former Democratic governor. An Associated Press analysis of public salary records shows that Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is making $200,000… continue reading ›

Mud Slide Snarls Smokies Traffic

The Smoky Mountains gateway city of Gatlinburg is dealing with a mud and rock slide after part of a soggy slope gave way. The northbound lanes of U.S. 441 - the main road through the resort town - have been… continue reading ›

Herron Hurting After Bike Crash

State Senator Roy Herron says the Ironman Triathlon will go on without him after he crashed his bicycle. The Dresden Democrat told the Union City Daily Messenger his helmet saved his life when he crashed his bicycle in the West… continue reading ›

TN Voter Photo Bill Advances

The House State and Local Government Committee has passed a bill requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville told the panel on Tuesday the bill is needed to prevent… continue reading ›

Workers Missing After Sewage Spill

Officials say they are searching for two workers missing after a wastewater treatment failed near the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and spilled millions of gallons of sewage. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says a holding tank failed Tuesday morning at… continue reading ›

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