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There were high hopes among state lawmakers at the start of this year’s legislative session that they could get done early and without much controversy as many have elections looming this fall.

But as bills have moved forward, some emotional debates have brought an unwanted spotlight. This past week saw fights over a bill banning bump stocks, a resolution honoring a Memphis community activist and whether autopsy records should be kept open.

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The leading topic of discussion nationwide continues to be guns in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. And state capitols around the country are feeling pressure to act and help put an end to the wave of massacres.


Tennessee law allows judges to send people charged with crimes to a state prison — in solitary confinement — while they're waiting for a trial. Sometimes it's because they were deemed violent, but they can also be put away because they have a medical or mental health issue that the county jail can’t accommodate.

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The issue of Confederate monument removal has come back to the state legislature this year in the shape of several bills filed, mainly, by East Tennessee Republicans.

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A jury in Chattanooga is deliberating in a fraud trial involving executives from the largest privately held company in Tennessee: truck stop chain Pilot Flying J.

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Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about this session’s legislative priorities.

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This year’s legislative session is fully under way and that means a long list of new bills. More than 250 measures have been proposed so far, and the deadline isn’t until the end of next week.

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Nashville is now one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s highly coveted second headquarters. It promises to bring as many as 50,000 jobs and the caché of welcoming one of the world's most successful companies. But it’s not clear what Nashville is promising in return.

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Nashville is among the top 20 sites being considered for a second headquarters for Amazon. The company released the list Thursday morning which did not indicate any preferential order.

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The last time the Tennessee Titans went this far in the NFL playoffs, Steve McNair was still the quarterback. And a last minute prayer he tossed into the frigid New England air bounced off the hands of wide receiver Drew Bennett.