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Tobacco regulation bill up for vote Thursday

Updated: 04/02/2009 - Anti-smoking forces are predicting a long-awaited victory when the House votes on legislation that would, for the first time, allow government regulation of tobacco products.

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TVA board to consider renewable energy purchases

Updated: 04/02/2009 - The nation's largest public utility is looking to buy more than a nuclear reactor's worth of electricity from renewable energy sources like wind and bio-fuels.

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Pistachio product recalls

Posted: 04/02/2009 - Pine River Pre-Pack Inc. is recalling small packaged items of Pine River-Deluxe Mix Nuts with Peanuts. The recalled items have been sold to distributors in 15 states, including Tennessee.

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Commercial caves not part of moratorium

Posted: 04/02/2009 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says its request that people stay out of caves in 17 states doesn't apply to tourist attractions, but some commercial caves might start requiring visitors to wipe their feet to prevent the spread of a deadly bat disorder.

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Tenn. income tax proposal stalls

Posted: 04/02/2009 - A House subcommittee has halted the progress of a proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban a state income tax.

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Squeezing the Budget: Firefighter priorities are protecting crews, property

Updated: 04/28/2009 - Knoxville firefighters are asking that city leaders protect their scheduled pay raises, and keep this year's cadet class. This year's budget invests in protective gear. Each firefighter is getting a "personal protection" harness -- rapelling gear, to escape the upper floors of burning buildings. The harnesses cost more than $300 apiece. But fire officials believe the spending makes sense, given the risks to life and limb.

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Squeezing The Budget: Police seek to protect pay raise, recruit class

Updated: 04/28/2009 - The tight economy is forcing tighter budgets. But Knoxville's Police Chief believes he's drafted a spending plan that'll get his officers their promisedpay raise, and allow for a large enough recruiting class to bring the department back to full force.

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East Tennessee Girl Scouts ease financial burden in tough economy

Posted: 04/01/2009 - A Girl Scout troop is spending proceeds from its annual Cookie Program on a giant community food bank. Troop 14 of Dandridge, Tennessee, is paying to bring two tractor trailers full of supplies to a neighborhood food bank where thousands are expected to be served.

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Knoxville Police cruiser rear-ended after traffic stop

Updated: 04/02/2009 - The interstate has been reopened after a parked Knoxville Police cruiser was rear-ended by a semi truck on I-40 West near the Pellissippi Parkway exit a short time after issuing a traffic citation Wednesday afternoon.

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AP sources: Stallworth to be charged in Fla. crash

Posted: 04/01/2009 - Former University of Tennessee Volunteer and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth will be charged with DUI manslaughter after a Miami car crash that killed a pedestrian, according to people familiar with the case.

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Knoxville budget talks underway

Updated: 04/01/2009 - In the midst of an uncertain economy, Knoxville city leaders met today to discuss next year's budget.

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