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    Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products on the market after two samplings of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement Monday night that the company “can’t say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line. The company last month issued its first recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a […]

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    Guns-in-parks proposal headed to governor

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would allow handgun-carry permit holders to be armed in all of the state’s parks is headed to the governor for his consideration. Both the Senate and House approved a special committee report on the proposal Thursday. The measure strips a provision that would have allowed permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex. The legislation keeps a ban on guns at school events, but it would not apply to playgrounds and other […]

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    Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire along Texas interstate, everyone OK

    GARLAND, Texas (AP) – A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, though no one was injured. Singer Hillary Scott posted on the group’s Facebook page that she, her husband, their tour manager and the driver were on the Dallas-bound bus when a tire caught fire Thursday. Photos show the back of the bus badly burned. Scott says everyone evacuated, writing “EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND.” Garland police say the driver […]

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    Tennessee’s plan to make Bible ‘official’ book derailed

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A plan to make the Bible the official state book in Tennessee has been derailed and will almost certainly not be approved this year. The Republican-controlled Senate voted Thursday to send the measure back to a committee that has been closed, effectively killing it. The bill has divided Republicans in conservative Tennessee. Some say the Bible is far too sacred to be deemed an “official state book.” Conversely, others believe it’s an integral part of the […]

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    Alabama Senate committee approves bill to repeal common core

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama Senate committee is giving approval to a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools. The State Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs on Wednesday morning voted 5-3 in favor of the bill to repeal standards applying to math and English curriculum. The standards are built into the state’s Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. Proponents say repealing Common Core gives more control to state and local educators. Opponents say […]

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    New concussions deal with NCAA proposed

    CHICAGO (AP) – There is a new proposed settlement in a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes. Notice of a new deal came in a filing in federal court in Chicago late Tuesday night. It’s the second proposal in the case. U.S. District Judge John Lee rejected the initial settlement in December. The core of the new agreement is the same as the one Lee rejected. The new one also would toughen […]

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    Alabama Senate approves education budget

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has approved a nearly $6 billion education budget that includes more money for prekindergarten and additional middle school teachers. Senators unanimously approved the budget Tuesday. It now moves to the House of Representatives. The budget does not include raises for teachers. Budget chairman Sen. Trip Pittman of Montrose says lawmakers are trying to build up reserves so benefits and other programs can be sustained. An additional $13.5 million for prekindergarten is expected to […]

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    Ex-guards sentenced for Iraq shootings plan appeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. Attorneys identified several issues Monday as likely forming the basis of an appeal, including vindictive prosecution and whether State Department contractors could be charged under a federal law that covers the overseas crimes of Defense Department civilian employees. The move comes after […]

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    Police arrest man accused in deadly community college shooting in North Carolina

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ The man wanted in the shooting death of the print shop director at a community college in North Carolina has been arrested in Florida. Goldsboro Police Capt. Dwayne Dean says 20-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stencil III was arrested early Tuesday when he was spotted sleeping on the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dean says Stancil was arrested without incident when beach patrol officers found the suspect sleeping on the beach, a violation of a local ordinance. Stancil […]

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    Tennessee bill allows use of certain amounts of cannabis oil

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would allow a person to possess cannabis oil under certain circumstances is headed to the governor for his consideration. The proposal was unanimously approved 26-0 in the Senate and 95-0 in the House on Monday. Republican Sen. Becky Massey of Knoxville, a sponsor of the proposal, emphasized the measure is not a “marijuana” bill, but allows certain amounts of cannabis oil to be used for the treatment of seizures, particularly in the case of […]

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    Tennessee high court postpones all scheduled execution dates

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed execution dates for four inmates, effectively stopping all executions while the courts decide whether current execution protocols are constitutional. Tennessee last executed a prisoner in 2009. Since then, legal challenges and problems obtaining lethal injection drugs have stalled new executions. In 2013 and 2014, the state tried to jump-start the process with a new lethal injection method and the reinstatement of electrocution as a backup. The court set new execution […]

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    Hillary Clinton announces she will run for President

    (AP)- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s running for president. The Former First Lady and Secretary of State made her 2016 plans official on her campaign website Sunday. She says in a video, “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” Clinton is aiming to be the first female president. Clinton enters the Democratic primaries in a strong position to follow her 2008 rival, President Barack Obama, as the party’s nominee. Following Sunday’s announcement, she’s expected to travel […]

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