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Legislators approve bills to help rape and seizure victims

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

Despite the Tennessee General Assembly’s obsession with loosening gun-carrying laws, lawmakers Monday showed they can take time to deal with legislation that will have a significant impact on victims of sexual assault, and maybe bring needed relief to victims of seizures. Legislators approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill that would create a much-needed protocol for the collection of sexual assault evidence kits and for them to be

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    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

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    Posted on April 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

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  • Good journalism means getting the facts from all sides

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

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