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Tennessee Medical Association taking heat for new pregnancy criminalization law

Tennessee Medical Association taking heat for new pregnancy criminalization law
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with more than 65 leading Tennessee, national, and international medial and ethics professionals, and other organizations, have released a letter to policymakers and media calling attention to the Tennessee Medical Association’s (TMA) support for a new law allowing the arrest of women who become pregnant.
 
The new Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1 permits arrests of pregnant women for the crime of fetal assault, with special focus on the “illegal use” of “narcotics” by pregnant women. Tennessee is the first state, through legislative action to make pregnant women criminally liable for the outcomes of their pregnancies.

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Hammering on Weirich’s record

Hammering on Weirich’s record
With early voting for the August 7th election having now entered its second week, Judge Joe Brown says his “Law and Order” grassroots campaign will continue to zero in on the record of incumbent Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
 
That record, according to Brown, includes “Amy’s 8 Dirty Little Secrets She Does Not Want The Voters To Know.” Last week, Brown and his campaign alerted the media to those “Little Secrets” – eight cases they point to as instances in which Weirich’s performance was severely criticized by the presiding judges.

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Time to vote for the ‘Best in Black’

Time to vote for the ‘Best in Black’
After receiving nearly 600 nominations during the two-week nomination period, the ballots have been set for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2014 Best in Black Awards competition and it is time for the public to vote for their favorites across 64 unique categories.
 
Online voting at www.bestinblackawards.com kicked off Friday (July 25th) and ends at midnight on August 9th. Each voter can vote one time per day during that time frame. The top three vote getters in each of the 25 top categories (based on total number of votes cast) will be invited to the Best in Black Pre-Awards VIP Reception (at Dorothy Mae’s at the Ernest Withers’ Gallery on Beale Street).

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Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo

Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo
With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country for the past 10 months.
 
The families and their many supporters in Congress are urging President Barack Obama to personally intervene by raising the issue now with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, and then pressing for action when Kabila arrives in Washington along with dozens of other African leaders for the Aug. 4-6 summit.

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Metro Nashville Schools kicks off school discipline reform

Metro Nashville Schools kicks off school discipline reform
District officials, educators, and community members came together Wednesday in Nashville to kick off an initiative aimed at reducing racial disparities in school discipline. Their ambitions were not merely local.
 
District leaders and the national organizations backing the initiative, called PASSAGE, hope Nashville can help Tennessee and the nation change a status quo that President Barack Obama has called unacceptable. Across the country, students of color are suspended and expelled at a far higher rate than white students.

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Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core

Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core
A group of conservative scholars and a charter school principal pushed for vouchers and urged Tennesseans to be wary of the Common Core standards during a forum Tuesday.
 
The program, whose attendees included legislators, representatives from conservative think tanks, and parents opposed to the rapid expansion of charters in the city, was held by a non-profit funded by Charles Koch, the controversial and influential conservative billionaire. It gave insight into the type of initiatives in Tennessee and across the country he might back this upcoming legislative session.

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