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Chattanooga's Woodmore Elementary School had dismissed a bus driver's concerns about onboard discipline before a fatal crash that killed six students in 2016, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. 


Worries about the safety of children as they travel to and from school has led to two new laws that go into effect Jan. 1 in Tennessee.

But state leaders also fear college students have been overly protected, a situation they've also decided to address with a new law.

They're among the measures that take effect as the calendar turns the page to 2018. Jan. 1 is one of the two dates Tennessee lawmakers typically choose for legislation to take effect.

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A West Tennessee congressman is urging federal authorities to start requiring seat belts on school buses, rather than waiting for districts and states to take action.

Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen pressed the leaders of the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at a hearing this week to explain why they hadn't acted on its own recommendation that school buses have restraints. Cohen says accidents like last year's fatal rollover crash in Chattanooga show that the need for seat belts is urgent.

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A measure that would require Tennessee school buses to have seatbelts is moving forward after weeks of discussion in the state legislature.

The proposal comes in response to last November's crash in Chattanooga that killed six children. The plan calls for phasing in seatbelts on new buses starting in 2019.

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After last week's school bus crash in Chattanooga, Governor Bill Haslam says Tennessee's leaders need to reassess how to use private companies to operate buses.

Emails show administrators were warned about the driver of the bus months ago.

The accident has claimed six lives, and Haslam says it appears to be a sign of deeper problems.

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In a YouTube video posted Wednesday afternoon from Chattanooga, the head of the company that employed the driver of Monday’s fatal school bus crash said he was “deeply sorry.” Five students died in the crash. Six children are still in the intensive care unit at Erlanger hospital.

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This week's fatal crash in Chattanooga is causing Tennessee's leaders to take another look at putting seat belts on school buses.

Such efforts have failed in the past. But Gov. Bill Haslam and other senior Republicans say the latest accident — as well as two others in the past two years — show that it's time for lawmakers to reconsider.