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Handgun Bill
AP Thursday April 2, 2015

Handgun carry permit holders would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a proposal that has passed the Senate.
The amended legislation was approved 26-7 on Wednesday. The measure would also strip city and county governments of the power to ban guns in parks, playgrounds and sports fields.
The House approved that version 65-21 on Monday, and will now consider the change made by the Senate.
The legislation would apply to the state's 500,000 handgun carry permit holders.


Mosquito Warning
Thursday April 2, 2015

The Tennessee Department of Health is already warning Mid-Southerners about mosquitoes that can spread dangerous illnesses like the chikungunya virus.
Forty-three cases were reported in Tennessee in 2014 and all involved travel outside the state.
State Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said travel plans to warmer destinations should include necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites
The virus causes fever, joint pain, headaches and muscle pain.
The Tennessee Department of Health urges you to protect yourself this spring by using insect repellant, wearing light-colored clothes, and avoiding perfumes, colognes or scented deodorants if you're going outside.


Broadband Bill Delayed
AP Thursday April 2, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers will not vote this year on a bill seeking to allow municipal broadband to be offered outside of electric utilities' service areas.
Sen. Janice Bowling said while support for the measure is growing, there still aren't enough votes to pass the proposal this year.
The measure is opposed by telecom companies like AT&T that see taxpayer funded broadband as unfair competition.
The failure of the state Legislature to address the issue led Chattanooga to ask the FCC to override state laws preventing the city's super-fast internet to be offered in outlying areas.
The FCC agreed in a ruling last month, but the state's attorney general has filed a legal challenge in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Highway And Bridge
Jay Walker Thursday April 2, 2015

The Warren County Commission's Highway and Bridge Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the purchase of 2.5 acres across from the Highway Department Annex Building.
The meeting will begin at 4pm at the Warren County Highway Department office.


Unemployment Overpayments
AP Wednesday April 1, 2015

Dead people, prisoners and state employees are on the rolls of those receiving unemployment benefits in Tennessee, in spite of repeated warnings that the state is improperly paying out tens of millions in jobless claims.
Those were among the findings of a state comptroller's office audit released Tuesday that said the unemployment benefit system made overpayments of $98 million in the past six years. It estimated a backlog of payments could balloon that figure to $171 million.
Officials with the Labor Department said they have overpayed $165 million in the past six years but have been able to collect $71.5 million of it and continue to pursue the money.



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