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Students take inspiration from commencement speech

Updated: 05/16/2011 - President Barack Obama says students graduating from a high school in a tough South Memphis neighborhood prove that no excuses should be accepted when it comes to education.

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Group wants stiffer sentences for gun crimes

Posted: 05/16/2011 - A coalition of Tennessee prosecutors and police is trying to get the state legislature to pass a law that would stiffen penalties for some felons caught with guns.

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4 arrested after fatal snake bite in court Monday

Updated: 05/16/2011 - Four men arrested on misdemeanor wildlife charges in southeastern Tennessee after a man was fatally bitten by a poisonous snake he was handling have a Monday court hearing in Chattanooga.

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Dems push to revive extended unemployment in Tenn.

Posted: 05/15/2011 - Extended unemployment benefits ran out in April for 28,000 jobless people in Tennessee after state officials didn't adjust state law to comply with new federal standards.

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WVLT team wins AP award

Updated: 05/15/2011 - Volunteer TV Reporter Sara Shookman and photojournalist Daniel Beckner received an award Saturday night for Best Short Light Feature by the Associated Press.

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Former soldier sent to prison for selling weapons

Posted: 05/13/2011 - A former Fort Campbell, Ky., soldier has been sentenced to a year in prison after an undercover agent caught him selling machine guns and distributing explosive materials without a license.

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W.Va. woman waives extradition to Tennessee

Posted: 05/13/2011 - The Associated Press reports Sabrina Smith appeared in Raleigh County Circuit Court on Friday and waived her right to challenge her extradition.

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Haslam, senators to attend Obama visit to Memphis

Updated: 05/13/2011 - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are planning to attend President Barack Obama's graduation speech to a Memphis high school on Monday.

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Freedom Riders retrace historic journey

Updated: 05/13/2011 - A group of college students is traveling with some of the original Freedom Riders, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the May 1961 rides.

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Germantown woman accused of smothering baby

Posted: 05/13/2011 - A Germantown woman suspected of passing out on top of her 5-month-old son and smothering him is charged with criminally negligent homicide.

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Ex.-Sen. Thompson joins popular vote project

Posted: 05/13/2011 - Thompson, who also ran briefly for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, said the campaign is consistent with the country's constitutional principles.

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Seasonal jobs posted for summer

Updated: 05/12/2011 - Does this summer-like weather have you thinking work or play? If your answer is work, you're in luck. It's time for seasonal jobs in East Tennessee.

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When should school start?

Updated: 05/11/2011 - Thursday, Senators will vote on SB 1474, which would push back the first day of school.

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Granddad Bandit sentenced to 25 years in Virginia

Posted: 05/11/2011 - Fifty-three-year-old Michael Francis Mara pleaded guilty in February to robbing two Virginia banks. He acknowledged heists from New York to Texas from 2008 until his capture last summer.

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