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People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday. The amended legislation was approved 26-7. The main goal of the bill is to strip city and county governments of the …

The percentage of opened murder cases that are closed with the arrest of a suspect in America today is around 64% with about two out of every three cases going unsolved, totaling about 200,000 unsolved murders since the 1960’s–according to a two-part report from National Public Radio’s Morning Edition this week based on data the FBI’s …

Reported forcible sex offenses on Tennessee college campuses increased by a daunting 74.5% in 2014, according to the annual crime report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations today. The report counts 89 cases of rape, sodomy, sexual assault and forcible fondling across campuses in 2014, up from 51 in 2013. In particular, reports of …

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A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act. Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a “willful violation” of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday. Carter is seeking information used by …

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An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. The state Legislature in 2013 excluded Kelso-based Pritchard’s Distillery from …

In the first of a four part seminar in the Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building, Attorneys Scott and Richard Kimberly began answering the question, “Can police do that?” The series is intended to inform MTSU students of their constitutional rights when being searched, questioned, arrested or tried. This week focused primarily on the fourth, fifth, sixth and …