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River Giants coming to TN Aquarium
AP Tuesday April 10, 2012

Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium will soon get a glimpse at some of the world's largest freshwater fish in a new exhibit called "River Giants." The exhibit, which opens April 28, will be a collection of freshwater fish that can reach legendary sizes, like a giant pangassius catfish or a seven-foot beluga sturgeon.

 


TN's first case of partially Africanized bees found in Monroe Co
Dept of Ag Tuesday April 10, 2012

Tennessee's first case of partially Africanized bees was confirmed through genetic testing last week in a colony belonging to a beekeeper in Monroe County. The colony has been depopulated and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is working with beekeepers in the area to determine if other bees could have been affected.

 


Deadline today for Gov Haslam to sign bill to protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theory in schools
AP Tuesday April 10, 2012

Gov. Haslam said it will probably be close to the signing deadline before he decides whether to make law a proposal that would protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming. The deadline is Tuesday. The governor can also veto the measure or let it become law without his signature. The governor has said he will likely sign the bill. Last week, Haslam was handed a petition with more than 3,000 signatures urging him to veto the legislation. Haslam said the petition was impactful, but he also noted the amount of support for the bill in the Legislature.

 


Largest Solar Farm of its Kind to open in West TN on Thursday
Stace Tuesday April 10, 2012

The State of Tennessee and University of Tennessee will celebrate the official opening of the 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm on Thursday in Memphis. The West Tennessee Solar Farm is the largest facility of its kind in the state. An Information and Welcome Center will be built in 2013 to house Spectrum, an educational solar exhibit. Nearly 10 million vehicles a year will pass by the Solar Farm as they travel the Interstate 40 corridor in West Tennessee, allowing the public to gain firsthand knowledge of solar energy. The solar energy industry is a rapidly growing sector of the state's economy. Tennessee has 180 for profit companies in its solar value chain, employs over 6,400 people in solar-related industries. Recent reports show solar represents a $137 billion global market.

 


Tennessee's attorney general says a proposal that would drug test people as a condition of receiving welfare is still questionable despite being amended.
AP Monday April 9, 2012

Tennessee's attorney general says a proposal that would drug test people as a condition of receiving welfare is still questionable despite being amended. In an opinion last month, Attorney General Bob Cooper said the original bill would violate the constitutional rights of welfare recipients who have a right not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion that they are taking illicit drugs. The legislation was amended to propose testing people who have been convicted of violating the state's Drug Control Act in the last five years. However, Cooper says a court would still likely require the state to establish some quantum of suspicion before drug testing a welfare applicant, including those with drug violations within the last five years.

 

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