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Opinion

We need better reviews of police, rail upgrades, women’s rights

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Last week, Congresman Lacy Clay (who represents Ferguson, Mo.) and I introduced a plan to end the use of excessive force by police officers, I defended a woman’s right to choose from House Republicans’ unconstitutional effort to ban abortions, Memphis lost former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers and the world lost legendary musician B.B. King. Ending […]

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108-question student aid form needs streamlining

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There are approximately 66,000 high school seniors in the state of Tennessee. Of that number, by April 24 this year, nearly 45,000 or 68 percent had completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the complicated, 108-question student aid formevery student seeking federal financial aid for college must fill out. Now that tuition is […]

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Lawmakers focus on drug trials, infant deaths, tourism, Iran deal

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Tennessee to let terminally ill try unproven drugs NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam has signed HB0143 — the Tennessee Right To Try Act — into law. This act lets doctors prescribe treatments to the terminally ill even though the medications are still in clinical trials and are not yet on pharmacy shelves. Right To […]

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Legislative roundup on crime funds, open records, Iran Act

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More crime funds to go to victims WASHINGTON, D.C. — Victims of crime would have access to hundreds of millions more dollars next year under a provision included in the budget resolution that was being considered on Tuesday. In response to calls from multiple U.S. senators, including Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the budget resolution provides an estimated […]

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Congress must address root causes of Baltimore unrest

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What we see happening in Baltimore is a microcosm of what’s happening in urban areas across the country, and the underlying causes are the same causes that led to the civil and voting rights movements as well as the 1968 riots. A lack of access to quality education, lack of opportunity, and lack of hope […]

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Obama must champion nuclear energy

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The U.S. uses nearly 20 percent of all the electricity in the world. We get 60 percent of our carbon-free, emission-free electricity from nuclear power, while wind provides only 13 percent and solar provides one percent. So, if the Obama administration really cared about clean air, why would it disadvantage nuclear power? That’s what I […]

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BACC president reflects on Bartlett’s economic development

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With a population of 60,000 citizens, Bartlett is listed among the 10 largest cities in Tennessee and is consistently classified as one of the best places to live in the State as well as the nation. Most recently, Bartlett was graded as the 15th best suburban community in America by a national rating service. As […]

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Letters to the Editor for April 30, 2015

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The following letters to the editor were submitted for April 30 publication. Readers are encouraged to submit their own views. For guidelines, see the Bartlett Express policy for letters to the editor. Obsession with testing damages school system Editor’s note: Jennifer Proseus delivered the following remarks during the public commentary section of the April 14 […]

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Dramatic headline juices up pickle jar product

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Every morning I have a routine. I pour my orange juice. I drink it to wake up and wash down a bunch of vitamins and supplements. I then mosey over to my computer and see what headlines AOL has before clicking on Facebook. A few mornings ago I read a headline that really stood out. […]

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Acts to prevent racial profiling and help terminal patients await approval

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Terminally ill patients may get better chance to join clinical trials NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A law to give terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves has passed the state House and Senate on a unanimous vote. Governor Bill Haslam has […]

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