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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

Rust College to unveil two historic markers

 Rust College will unveil two historic markers honoring the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and those involved in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in Holly Springs.

The unveiling will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 near the Rust College campus at 150 Rust Ave. in Holly Springs, Miss. as part of the school’s 148th Founders’ Week activities.

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Much of Tennessee to see wine sales in groceries

Much of Tennessee to see wine sales in groceries

NASHVILLE – For a while, Arthur Oliver has wanted to buy his merlot at the supermarket where he gets his steaks. Now, it looks as if he'll be able to – in 2016.

Nashville, Oliver's home, is one of 78 municipalities that collected enough signatures to place a referendum on the Tennessee ballot for supermarket wine sales. Of the 70-plus that had reported returns by Tuesday night, all had passed the measure.

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Tenn. voters pass abortion, other amendments

Tenn. voters pass abortion, other amendments

NASHVILLE – Tennessee voters Tuesday approved a constitutional change that will give state lawmakers more power to regulate abortion and also gave a nod to three other amendments on the ballot, including one that will give the Legislature more power over the selection of judges.

The most hard-fought of all the amendments was also the closest race with about 53 percent of voters favoring stricter abortion regulations.
Shelby County voter Angela Goekler said she voted for Amendment 1 on Tuesday out of concerns about the safety of facilities that provide abortions.

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Tenn. voters pass abortion, other amendments

Tenn. voters pass abortion, other amendments

NASHVILLE – Tennessee voters Tuesday approved a constitutional change that will give state lawmakers more power to regulate abortion and also gave a nod to three other amendments on the ballot, including one that will give the Legislature more power over the selection of judges.

The most hard-fought of all the amendments was also the closest race with about 53 percent of voters favoring stricter abortion regulations.
Shelby County voter Angela Goekler said she voted for Amendment 1 on Tuesday out of concerns about the safety of facilities that provide abortions.

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GOP gains to give Tenn. new clout in U.S. Senate

GOP gains to give Tenn. new clout in U.S. Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is about to gain new clout in the U.S. Senate following national gains by Republicans in Tuesday's election.

Republicans succeeded in picking up at least seven seats, one more than they needed to take over control of the Senate. That means Sen. Lamar Alexander, who resoundingly defeated Democrat Gordon Ball on Tuesday, is now poised to head the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, while Sen. Bob Corker is set to become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

5 W.Va., Ky., Tenn. counties off drug areas list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee have been removed from a federal list of high-traffic drug areas.
A Federal Register notice filed Monday says a threat assessment indicated the counties no longer met criteria for high-trafficking drug areas.
The notice says Mason County in West Virginia, Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky, and Clay and White counties in Tennessee have been removed from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program list.
The program makes federal resources available to local and state police that face growing illicit drug markets. It was established through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988.
An Appalachia list was established in 1998 to combat trafficking in 68 Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia counties.

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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

Tenn. ranked top for foreign direct investment

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Tennessee has been ranked the top state in the nation for foreign direct investment job commitments in 2013.

That's according to the recently released 2014 Global Location Trends report.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2013 calendar year. Following Tennessee in the rankings were Texas, Georgia and Ohio.

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