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Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says the state is getting closer to overhauling the state’s DUI statutes, but he doubts the first round of changes will add any new teeth to the laws. Gibbons said down the line he and a committee of state and local officials may consider recommending changes in the law like […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam vowed he and his staff would re-evaluate whether they should keep the governor’s meeting schedule secret, but he says he hasn’t gotten that far yet. “We really hadn’t had that discussion again, and we will, in terms of looking at that,” Haslam told reporters Friday before a ribbon cutting at Saks distribution […]

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Sen. Beverly Marrero wears many hats. But as of Nov. 6, she’ll be wearing one less. After 10 years in the Legislature, Marrero lost her bid for re-election to her Memphis district in last month’s Democratic primary against Sen. Jim Kyle. Although Marrero said she’d like to be remembered for standing up for women, the […]

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Sen. Beverly Marrero says she has yet to forgive Sen. Jim Kyle for edging her out of office in the Democratic primary instead of running against a Republican. But the 73-year-old says she hasn’t totally ruled out taking another stab at getting back into the Legislature by running against Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, in 2014. […]

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State troopers set up no-refusal checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend under a law passed earlier this year that makes it much harder for drivers suspected of being under the influence to refuse alcohol tests.

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More than half the members of Gov. Bill Haslam’s hand-picked special Supreme Court have recused themselves from hearing a case to determine the constitutionality of how Tennessee selects appellate and high-court judges. Special Supreme Court Judges William Muecke Barker, George H. Brown and Robert L. Echols announced Friday they had disqualified themselves from the case […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s “having a little fun” at the Republican National Convention this week between finding ways to brag about Tennessee in his various party duties and cheering on the GOP. But he’s also finding himself in a handful of videos and interviews, including one with a Cleveland TV station curious what he […]

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In the state’s ranking of best and worst performing schools, charter schools were a mixed bag last year. Two charter schools made the state’s top 5 percent list for showing big academic gains, but five showed up as schools with the worst academic records. “It really reflects that a lot of students come to us […]

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While entertaining Tennesseans at the Republican National Convention, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey hopped in the way-back machine and told the story about the day he was elected Senate speaker in 2007. His lively retelling Monday night featured the role then-Sen. Rosalind Kurita played the day she crossed party lines to vote to, in essence, hand […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam may be clearly in Mitt Romney’s camp, but he doesn’t expect to make many more public appearances for him outside Tennessee leading up to election day. Haslam said he expects to go no farther than North Carolina. “I’ve already been to North Carolina once or twice and probably will do that again. […]

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A new system that checks in voters before they cast ballots had glitches during the recent primary, and the irregularities could have troubling implications if the system is launched statewide, Tennessee Citizen Action’s Mary Mancini said Monday. Mancini, executive director of the left-leaning public advocacy group, said three elected officials and at least two registered […]

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Updated Aug. 24, 2012 with comments and committee resignation letter from Sen. Jim Summerville. State Sen. Jim Summerville doesn’t “give a rat’s ass what the black caucus thinks.” At least that’s what he told Memphis state Rep. Barbara Cooper via email Wednesday in response to her report from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators […]

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