The future of IVF: Senate Republicans block bill to protect IVF access nationwide
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by Tori Gessner
15h ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The debate over the legal future of the fertility treatment, in vitro fertilization, has escalated after Republican Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty voted down legislation that would have guaranteed access to IVF nationwide, despite emphasizing their support for IVF in recent days. Both senators argued the legislation isn't necessary, and instead, is a political ploy by the Democrats ahead of the November election. ? Have breaking news come to you: Subscribe to News 2 email alerts → Sen. Blackburn (R-TN) called the Right to IVF Act "a f ..read more
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'Impractical perhaps even impossible': Williamson County School Board tries to balance 1st Amendment and TN book review laws
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by Adam Mintzer
5d ago
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WRKN) — The Williamson County Board of Education is facing a fast-approaching deadline to finalize its policy for the review and removal of library materials. After the Tennessee General Assembly changed the Age Appropriate Materials Act last session, schools were given until July 1 to finalize their new library materials policy. However, in Williamson County, the county school board has struggled to make sure they have the resources and budget to comply with the new policy and not encroach on people's First Amendment rights. ? Have breaking news come to you:&nb ..read more
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Tennessee among five worst states for LGBTQ equality, report says
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by Tori Gessner
5d ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A recent report from Out Leadership, which is an organization that advocates for LGBTQ inclusion in business, ranked Tennessee 46th in the nation for LGBTQ equality, partly due to anti-LGBTQ legislation. The report scored states based on certain categories, including political and religious attitudes, health access and safety, work environment and employment, youth and family support, and legal and nondiscrimination protections. Out Leadership cited anti-LGBTQ legislation as the main reason why 22 states' equality scores declined this year compared to last year. ?&nb ..read more
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Gov. Lee says contraception access in Tennessee protected after Sen. Blackburn votes to block Right to Contraception Act
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A wave of reactions have come in after Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voted against Congressional legislation that would have protected contraceptives from government interference. The bill, called the Right to Contraception Act, was put forth by a group of Senate Democrats following the 2022 Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, which recognized abortion as a fundamental liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. Sen. Blackburn argued the Right to Contraception Act was unnecessary because contraception is legal and nothing is threatening access ..read more
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'D-Day Remembrance Day of Tennessee' to be observed in state for first time
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee is believed to have become the first state to formally observe June 6 as "D-Day Remembrance Day" thanks to newly passed legislation, just in time for the 80th anniversary of the event. House Democratic Caucus Chair, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, (D-Nashville) sponsored the bill with Rep. Sam Whitson, (R-Franklin) after one of his constituents suggested the idea. "What we wanted to do is really put an exclamation point on the importance of this tremendous day," Chairman Clemmons said. "I've just been raised with an appreciation for that entire, what they call, the ..read more
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1 in 7 Tennessee households lose affordable internet access through federal program
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Almost 430,000 Tennesseans enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program will have higher internet bills this month. The Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program in 2021 to help low-income Americans obtain affordable internet. The program, which cut eligible Americans' internet bills by up to $30 per month, ran out of funding and ended on June 1. According to the White House, Tennesseans saved a combined $12.7 million per month through the program. ? Have breaking news come to you: Subscribe to News 2 email alerts ..read more
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New TN law restricts booting and towing vehicles
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by Jaxie Pidgeon
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Gov. Bill Lee recently signed off on a bill that adds protections against unlawful booting and towing in Tennessee. The Modernization of Towing, Immobilization, and Oversight Normalization (MOTION) Act creates changes for parking penalties.  “We've received a number of calls and emails from people who either had a bad experience with their vehicle being booted or parking in a commercial parking lot and receiving a late notice and being $80 or $90 for parking in a place they didn't even necessarily know that they were required to pay to park there,” said State Sen ..read more
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Congressman's son steals show on House floor, hamming it up for cameras
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by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
1w ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Rose (R- Cookeville) may never give a more memorable speech on the House floor. It had nothing to do with anything the Tennessee Republican said Monday. In fact, anyone watching likely didn't pay attention to hardly a word. How could they with all that was going on behind him? It was the young boy sitting behind Rose who had C-SPAN viewers doing a double-take on a rather dull legislative day filled with naming new post offices and other routine measures ..read more
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New Tennessee law lets students, staff carry Narcan in schools
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee students are now allowed to equip themselves with a lifesaving tool while in school in the fight against the opioid epidemic. A new state law, which went into effect with Gov. Bill Lee's signature, allows students, staff, and visitors to carry the overdose-reversing drug, naloxone in school. "We're all aware that the opioid epidemic is running rampant," the bill's sponsor, Rep. Charlie Baum, (R-Murfreesboro) said. "We have fentanyl coming in through our southern border, and this has affected a number of Americans, including teenagers and students in our scho ..read more
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'We have to do better than this': Lawmaker calls for stricter gun laws after 13-year-old killed, sister hurt in Bellevue shooting
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by Tori Gessner
2w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Some lawmakers are calling for change after a shooting at a Bellevue park that left a 13-year-old dead and his 16-year-old sister hurt. Metro police reported a fight broke out between teenagers in the parking lot of Red Caboose Park on Colice Jeanne Road near Bellevue Middle School around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Officers arrested 15-year-old De’Anthony Osasosifo, who allegedly used a gun stolen from a car in 2023 in the shooting. The Red Caboose Park is located in Rep. Bo Mitchell's (D-Nashville) district. He called the shooting "senseless." Read the latest from the TN Stat ..read more
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