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Just as a justice department investigation uncovers discriminatory police practices in Ferguson, Mo., lawmakers in Tennessee are considering measures meant to prevent tensions between police and the public from boiling over. And much of the legislation may end up with bipartisan support.

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A plan from Gov. Bill Haslam to pay state workers for their performance is running into opposition, including from fellow Republicans.

That’s already led the governor to backtrack on one of the proposal's most controversial parts.

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The Haslam administration is trying to strengthen controls on corporate subsidies while not coming down too hard on the increasingly common practice of hiring employees through temp agencies.

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Undocumented students in Tennessee are one step closer to getting in-state tuition at public colleges. 

Right now, undocumented students pay out-of-state rates, even if they’re Tennessee residents. That meant 20-year-old Diana Montero couldn't afford a public university, although she had a 3.8 GPA in high school. Her family came to the U.S. illegally when she was three years old.

“I kind of felt left behind," Montero said. "What about me? I’ve been here for so long. I’ve tried my hardest. What am I doing wrong that I can’t afford this?"

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Tennessee lawmakers are working to strip local governments of the power to ban guns in their parks.

A House subcommittee has given initial approval to House Bill 995, which would let people with handgun permits take their weapons into any park in Tennessee. The measure would overturn a 2009 law that opened state parks to guns but let local governments close their parks if they so chose.

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Tennessee lawmakers are getting ready to vote on a bill that would require police departments to officially ban racial profiling.

The measure is the first of several filed in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last summer. Many are backed by Republicans.

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Nashville musician Robert K. Wolf is in a clinical trial, taking a drug so new it doesn’t even have a name yet. His cancer began in the bladder. From there it’s spread — to his bones, his neck and his back.

If the clinical trial doesn't help, Wolf wants the ability to buy drugs that haven’t even reached this stage of testing.

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Linus Hall says he was just a college kid, living out in the country and sick of driving five miles for a six-pack. So he and a friend ordered a homebrewing kit out of the back of Rolling Stone.

Twenty years later, Hall’s Yazoo Brewing Co. is one of Nashville’s most successful craft brewers, churning out cases of beer by the hundreds for sale throughout Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Issues related to Islam have resurfaced in the Tennessee General Assembly. Last week, it was outcry over a GOP lawmaker's month-old Facebook post suggesting Western people need their own lobbying group to compete with Muslim groups. There's also pending legislation to break up concentrations of immigrants and a bill that Islamic activists believe could lead to the seizure of mosques.

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When the Israeli prime minister gives a controversial speech to Congress next week, only one of Tennessee’s two Democratic representatives will be there.

The controversy comes from House speaker John Boehner inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to talk to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program — without consulting the president.