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Dems pass tax breaks in committee

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Tax breaks totaling more than $275 billion have been approved by a House committee, the latest success for President Barack Obama's economic recovery program. The package cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on a party-line vote of 24-13. It includes tax breaks of $500 for many workers and $1,000 for millions of couples, including those with earnings so low that they pay no federal income tax. The overall economic stimulus legislation will include federal spending as well as the tax cuts. Democratic leaders have promised to pass it by mid-February. Tax breaks totaling more than $275 billion have been approved by a House committee, the latest success for President Barack Obama's economic recovery program.

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Williams election completes NE Tenn. power shift

Posted: 01/22/2009 - The Republican takeover of the General Assembly has been accompanied by a geographical power shift that may finally put to rest the old saying that Tennessee ends in Knoxvil

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Tenn. jobless rate jumps to 7.9 percent

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Tennessee's unemployment rate jumped to 7.9 percent in December, nearly a full percentage point higher than the previous month.

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Coach charged in death of football player

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A Kentucky high school football coach has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of a player who collapsed at practice on a hot day.

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TWRA approves first Tenn. elk hunt

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Hunters will be able to legally take elk for the first time in modern history under guidelines approved by Tennessee wildlife officials.

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Senators propose commission to probe market crisis

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Two U.S. senators are proposing a Sept. 11-style commission with subpoena powers and a $3 million budget to investigate what caused the banking and financial crisis.

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Bridgestone stops making some tires at Tenn. plant

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has announced it is ceasing production of consumer tires at its LaVergne plant and making additional layoffs in its truck tire production.

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Man jumps from LA freeway during rush hour

Posted: 01/22/2009 - A major Los Angeles freeway was backed up for miles during the morning rush because of a man who eventually jumped from an overpass. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Garrett says reports of a man standing on a railing prompted officers to close all lanes of Interstate 10 in both directions for about a half-hour shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. The Los Angeles Fire Department placed an airbag under the overpass on the eastbound side but Garrett says the man moved to the west side of the freeway and jumped. Fire Department spokeswoman d'Lisa Davies says the man, believed to be in his 20s, fell about 20 feet and suffered moderate injuries.

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'Survivor: NFL?' Reality TV offers spot on Cowboys

Posted: 01/22/2009 - The first time Michael Irvin watched "American Idol," he loved the concept of giving undiscovered singers the chance to become stars. Now Irvin is doing the same for NFL wannabes.

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Texas girls hoops team seeks forfeit of 100-0 win

Posted: 01/22/2009 - A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 blowout has apologized to the losing school, calling the game "shameful and an embarrassment."

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Stabbed police dog recovering, suspects charged

Posted: 01/22/2009 - A Memphis police dog named Gunner is recovering from multiple stab wounds he suffered while chasing down a burglary suspect. The suspect, meanwhile, and an accused accomplice are in jail charged with burglary and other crimes.

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Tazewell mayor commits suicide

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The mayor of Tazewell, Tennessee shot and killed himself Wednesday afternoon at his home in Tazewell, according to Captain David Honeycutt of the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department.

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AMBER Alert Canceled for Tri-Cities toddler

Updated: 01/22/2009 - An AMBER Alert that was issued for Hannah Jo Hicks, 2, is now over, according to the TBI. The child's mother, Valerie Hicks is currently in the custody of the Johnson City Police Department and Hannah has been safely recovered.

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