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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signs bill allowing electric chair if state can’t obtain lethal drugs

Lethal injection drugs have been harder to come by in recent years, as manufacturers grow increasingly resistant to selling products used to execute people.…

Tenn. Governor Haslam will appeal federal ruling supporting marriage equality

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will appeal a federal judge’s ruling requiring the state to temporarily recognize the legal marriages of three same-sex couples who wed in other states, the state attorney general said on Tuesday in court papers. Judge Aleta Trauger on Friday ordered Tennessee…

Tennessee man runs for governor in GOP primary for right to shower with his raccoon

A Tennessee man has announced he is running for governor in the Republican primary after the state refused to return his pet raccoon. Mark “Coonrippy” Brown, a licensed firearm dealer, told The Tennessean that his bid for office was “all about the raccoon.” Videos of the 56 year old showering…

Tennessee governor vetoes ‘ag-gag’ bill that targeted animal rights activists

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday announced he would veto controversial legislation that would have made it harder to expose animal abuse. “Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation,” he said in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of input from people on all…

Tennessee Republicans threaten to kill GOP voucher bill over fear of funding Muslim schools

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening to block Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher bill over fears that Muslim schools could receive funding. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday that Haslam hinted that he would withdraw his bill after objections from Republican lawmakers that it was not broad enough…

Tennessee opens door to creationism in schools

A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation “changes the scientific standards that…

Tennessee seeks to question evolution in bill

US conservative Christians and science advocates are clashing again, this time in Tennessee over a bill that would allow debate in public schools over theories like evolution. Lawmakers from the southeastern US state home to a strong base of ultraconservative “Tea Party” activists have approved the bill, which now awaits the signature of Governor Bill…

SouthComm CEO tells Gov. Haslam to apologize for arrest of reporter at ‘Occupy Nashville’

SouthComm Publishing CEO Chris Ferrell sent an letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) office saying he expected a public apology after state troopers arrested a Nashville Scene reporter along with protesters at the “Occupy Nashville” demonstration. “I learned this morning that one of my reporters at the Nashville Scene…

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