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Suspect identified in Memphis officer’s killing

on August 3, 2015, 9:37 AM / in State News

Memphis police on Sunday identified Tremaine Wilbourn, a convicted bank robber, as the suspect in the fatal shooting of police officer Sean Bolton. The 33-year-old officer was shot during a routine traffic stop on Saturday night, and died of his wounds after being rushed to a hospital. Investigators said Bolton was shot after he approached an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes […]

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Judge rules chimps are not “legal persons”

Judge rules chimps are not “legal persons”

on July 31, 2015, 9:07 AM / in National News, State News

The Court Got This One Right! A New York judge ruled Thursday that two research chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, are not “legal persons,” as claimed by an animal rights group that asked the court to set them free. The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a lawsuit in March arguing that the 8-year-old chimps were intelligent creatures, so keeping them at the […]

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Indiana clears Planned Parenthood after uproar

on July 31, 2015, 9:05 AM / in National News, State News

Indiana’s investigation of Planned Parenthood cleared the family planning organization of any wrongdoing in its handling of fetal tissue from abortions. Gov. Mike Pence (R) two weeks ago ordered a review of practices at three Planned Parenthood facilities — in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Merrillville — after an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos suggesting illegal sales of fetal tissue for research. Planned […]

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University of Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

University of Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

on July 31, 2015, 8:55 AM / in National News, State News

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty on Thursday in the July 19 fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man. Tensing, 25, was released on a $1 million bond. He was indicted on murder and involuntary manslaughter charges a day earlier. County prosecutor Joe Deters said Tensing shot DuBose in the head after stopping […]

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University of Cincinnati cop indicted for killing of unarmed black man

University of Cincinnati cop indicted for killing of unarmed black man

on July 30, 2015, 7:27 AM / in National News, State News

A white University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for the fatal July 19 shooting of an unarmed black man, Samuel Dubose, during a minor traffic stop. Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters released a video taken by the body camera of the officer, Ray Tensing, showing that he had not been dragged behind Dubose’s car as […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Town officials mandate mowing

Nanny State of the Week: Town officials mandate mowing

on July 30, 2015, 7:11 AM / in National News, State News

By Eric Boehm / Watchdog.org Citing vague and ill-defined nuisance laws, officials in St. Alban’s Township, Ohio, are trying to make two residents to mow their lawn and destroy two years’ worth of work on a small-scale nature preserve. Sarah Baker and Daryl Watson, according to local news reports, were told by township officials in mid-June they had one month to mow […]

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Some Things You Just Can’t Fix…

Some Things You Just Can’t Fix…

on July 30, 2015, 7:07 AM / in Opinion, State News

“Hi there. My name’s Bill Haslam and I am here to raise your taxes.” By rockytop Fresh from his resounding “victories” on InsureTN, Common Core and in-state tuition for illegal aliens, the governor has announced the “Bill Haslam I-want-to-raise-your-taxes Tour.” It’s sure to be a big hit with the common folk. That’s right, Bill Haslam wants to make every family […]

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Fiscal Review Director Resigns. Rep. Mark White Cites “Tension.”

Fiscal Review Director Resigns. Rep. Mark White Cites “Tension.”

on July 29, 2015, 10:44 AM / in Opinion, State News

Maybe he just got tired of leadership forcing him to lie through his teeth… By rockytop Jeff Spalding announced he was leaving as the state’s chief Fiscal Review guru, less than 9 months after he took the job.  Joint Fiscal Review chairman Mark White said there was “tension” between some of the lawmakers and Spalding. In this case, RTP speculates “tension” […]

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Protesters call for defunding of Planned Parenthood

on July 29, 2015, 10:28 AM / in National News, State News

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – WSMV Channel 4 More than 60 rallies were held across the country Tuesday to condemn Planned Parenthood. The organization has come under fire after recently released videos appear to show it has been selling the tissue of aborted fetuses to the highest bidder. Each year, Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in government funding. Protesters […]

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Texas releases new jail video to dispel Sandra Bland rumors

on July 29, 2015, 8:14 AM / in State News

Texas officials on Tuesday released new video of Sandra Bland showing her being booked into Waller County Jail after her controversial arrest over a tense traffic stop. The clip reportedly was shown to prove that Bland was alive when she entered jail, contrary to social media rumors that she was fatally injured before being placed in a cell. Bland, who […]

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Chevron intervenes in battle over proposed Mississippi Power rate increase

Chevron intervenes in battle over proposed Mississippi Power rate increase

on July 29, 2015, 7:49 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog The fight over Mississippi Power’s proposed rate increase to help pay for at least part of the troubled Kemper Project power plant gained an important intervenor with the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It gained some additional rhetorical firepower, as well. Oil giant Chevron — one of Mississippi Power’s biggest customers with its Pascagoula refinery — was accepted as […]

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Knox judge to decide Anderson law chief’s right to private email account

Knox judge to decide Anderson law chief’s right to private email account

on July 24, 2015, 6:42 AM / in State News

By Jamie Satterfield   /  Knoxville News Sentinel Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager uses a private email server for all his county business, and only he has access to it, court records show. It’s a scenario Knox County Chancellor Mike Moyers, a former county law director, likens to the scandal over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private […]

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Tennessee’s Three Apologist Bills and the Chattanooga Jihad Murder

Tennessee’s Three Apologist Bills and the Chattanooga Jihad Murder

on July 24, 2015, 6:28 AM / in Opinion, State News

If Bill Gibbons, Bill Killian and Bill Haslam hadn’t elevated Tennessee’s Muslims to a super protected class could the Chattanooga jihad murder have been averted? Bill Gibbons – Despite the 2009 jihad murder by Memphis native Carlos Bledsoe, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons (also from Memphis), took an early lead in obscuring any objective examination of […]

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Public Schools, Politics and Money

Public Schools, Politics and Money

on July 24, 2015, 6:26 AM / in Opinion, State News

From Everything Hendsonville.com Government Building via Government funds…… A letter to the editor by Susan Curlee Two things are certain when the state legislature convenes again: conservatives will oppose a fuel tax increase in Tennessee and Senator Frank Niceley will introduce legislation to elect school superintendents.  On the first issue, it is a no brainer.  On the second, maybe the […]

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Update on Physician-Assisted Suicide Lawsuit in TN

Update on Physician-Assisted Suicide Lawsuit in TN

on July 23, 2015, 4:48 PM / in State News

Kudos to our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom for filing a “friend of the court” brief on our behalf and on behalf of other organizations in our state supporting life by defending the constitutionality of Tennessee’s law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide. The law is currently being challenged in a Davidson County Chancery Court by former gubernatorial candidate John Jay Hooker. We […]

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If banished from Memphis, Forrest statue may beckon tourists to Savannah

If banished from Memphis, Forrest statue may beckon tourists to Savannah

on July 23, 2015, 2:58 PM / in State News

From the Courier / Hardin County July 22– Could a famous, yet controversial, monument be making its way from Memphis to Savannah to serve as a tourist attraction? In a July 14 letter from Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt to Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton obtained by The Courier, Shutt said the city is willing to pay moving expenses to relocate the […]

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Chutzpah, thy name is Maggart.

Chutzpah, thy name is Maggart.

on July 23, 2015, 8:33 AM / in Opinion, State News

One of the Rocky Top crew attended the big AFP soiree at Wills Johnston spread Tuesday night. There were all kind of activists, political hacks, hangers-on, etc.  Republican Megaphone Steve Gill emceed the event and there was even an appearance by Gov. Scott Walker — one of the 378 people running for the Republican nomination for president. But what caught […]

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New York panel recommends hiking fast-food worker wages to $15 an hour

New York panel recommends hiking fast-food worker wages to $15 an hour

on July 23, 2015, 7:20 AM / in State News

New York’s Fast Food Wage Board (acting like idiots) recommended Wednesday that the minimum wage at fast-food chains in New York City be raised to $15 an hour by December 2018, with hikes in the rest of the state by mid-2021. State officials are expected to put the recommendations into effect. New York fast-food workers, some now making the current state […]

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Charleston church shooting suspect indicted on hate crime charges

Charleston church shooting suspect indicted on hate crime charges

on July 23, 2015, 7:13 AM / in State News

A federal grand jury has indicted Dylan Roof, 21, on hate-crime charges for allegedly killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. Roof, who is white, already faces the possibility of the death penalty on state murder charges. The new, federal charges include using a weapon in a racially motivated hate crime, and committing murder […]

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Five Found Dead in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Two Teen Relatives Detained

Five Found Dead in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Two Teen Relatives Detained

on July 23, 2015, 7:07 AM / in State News

by Alexander Smith, David Wyllie and Shamar Walters  /  NBC News Two teens were taken into custody after five relatives were found stabbed to death at the Oklahoma home where they all lived, police told NBC News early Thursday. The suspects, aged 18 and 16, allegedly ran out the back door when officers arrived at the scene in the Tulsa […]

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