Tennessee http://wkyufm.org en Komodo Dragons On Display At Nashville Zoo http://wkyufm.org/post/komodo-dragons-display-nashville-zoo There are less than 2,500 Komodo dragons &#8212; the world&#8217;s largest living lizards &#8212; left in the wild.<p>The venomous beasts can spend hours in one spot, waiting for a deer, boar, goat or anything sizable and nutritious. By the time the reach adulthood, they can be over 10 feet long and more than 350 pounds.<p><strong>Dale McGinnity</strong>, curator of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectotherm" target="_blank">ectotherms</a> at the Nashville Zoo, researches the endangered Komodo dragons and other reptiles. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:11:49 +0000 editor 51165 at http://wkyufm.org Komodo Dragons On Display At Nashville Zoo Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd http://wkyufm.org/post/clash-nashville-property-battle-music-row-draws-crowd News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15294227/ben-folds" target="_blank">Ben Folds</a>, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 50808 at http://wkyufm.org Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd Anti-meth Law Among Those Taking Effect July 1 in Tennessee http://wkyufm.org/post/anti-meth-law-among-those-taking-effect-july-1-tennessee <p>A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday in Tennessee.</p><p>The anti-meth law requires a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, which is the equivalent of about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed.</p><p>According to the governor's office, 268 children were removed from their homes last year because of meth-related incidents and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized.</p><p>Also taking effect on Tuesday is a measure that requires more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, as well as a statute that allows the state to use the electric chair to execute death row inmates. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:11:06 +0000 Associated Press 50379 at http://wkyufm.org Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88 http://wkyufm.org/post/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dies-88 Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88, <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/06/26/howard-baker-died/11406251/?sf27800173=%5B%22%5B%271%27%5D%22%5D">his law firm said Tuesday.</a><p>Baker died at his home on Thursday due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Saturday, according to the firm, where Baker was senior counsel. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 50184 at http://wkyufm.org Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88 Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-gov-oks-allowing-electric-chair-executions Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.<p>A spokesman for Republican Gov. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:56:43 +0000 Scott Neuman 48491 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-bill-could-send-addicted-moms-jail Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in Tennessee under a bill awaiting the governor's signature. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 46919 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail Tennessee Man Accused in Package-Bomb Deaths Gets October Trial http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-man-accused-package-bomb-deaths-gets-october-trial <p>A Lebanon man charged with murder in the package-bomb deaths of his in-laws has an Oct. 28 trial date.<br /><br />Wilson County Circuit Court Judge John Wootten set the date during a Tuesday hearing. Wootten said he wanted to set an early date because Richard Parker is awaiting the trial in jail, unable to make his $1 million bond.<br /><br />Parker is the son-in-law of Jon and Marion Setzer, and he lived directly behind them in rural Wilson County.<br />&nbsp;<br />A package bomb exploded at the Setzers' house on Feb. 10, killing 74-year-old Jon Setzer, a retired lawyer. Seventy-two-year-old Marion Setzer later died at a Nashville hospital from her injuries.<br /><br />Parker's pastor, Kevin Ulmet, has said that before Parker's arrest, he sat for hours at Marion Setzer's bedside, along with her children.<br /> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Associated Press 46280 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Man Accused in Package-Bomb Deaths Gets October Trial Tennessee Governor Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Order http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-governor-appeals-same-sex-marriage-order <p>Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.</p><p>Gov. Bill Haslam and state Attorney General Robert Cooper on Tuesday filed a motion saying overturning the law without an appeals court reviewing the case "frustrates the will of the people of Tennessee." Haslam and Cooper say leaving the status quo in place pending an appeals court decision would not harm the three couples who sued for recognition.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger on Friday ordered the state to recognize the unions of the couples, who were married in other states.</p><p>Trauger made clear that her order is temporary and applies only to the three couples. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:42:34 +0000 Associated Press 45283 at http://wkyufm.org Obama Visits Tennessee School of Shooting Victim http://wkyufm.org/post/obama-visits-tennessee-school-shooting-victim <p>President Obama heads to a Nashville high school Thursday, two days after a student fatally shot a classmate in an apartment building. Grief counselors were at McGavock Comprehensive High School on Wednesday to help students cope with the shooting.</p><p>It happened within an hour of the President's State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.</p><p>Police said the shooting took place at an apartment when 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson said the teen didn't know the gun was loaded.</p><p>It's unclear just how the President would address the shooting in his Thursday afternoon speech to the school. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:22:09 +0000 Joe Corcoran 43117 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Governor Announces Anti-Meth Legislation http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-governor-announces-anti-meth-legislation <p>Governor Bill Haslam is proposing legislation that would require a prescription for more than a 20-day supply of cold medicines that are used to make methamphetamine.</p><p>The Republican governor said Thursday that the bill is meant to target the purchase of large amounts of medicines from a variety of stores, which is known as "smurfing."</p><p>The monthly amount of cold medicines like Sudafed that could be purchased without a prescription is the equivalent to the average total purchased by Tennesseans each year.</p><p>Haslam's office noted that 268 children were removed from their homes last year due to meth-related incidents and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:39:44 +0000 Associated Press 42539 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Governor Announces Anti-Meth Legislation