Tennessee House Speaker To Resign Amid Text Message Scandal

The move is unprecedented in Tennessee’s modern political era. The last Senate speaker resignation came in 1931. And in 1893, a House speaker declined to resign and his office was declared vacant, according to legislative librarian Eddie Weeks. Casada announced the decision just a day after previously shrugging off a 45-24 secret ballot vote from […]

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Gymnasts testify; lawmakers won’t name abuse bill lobbyists

Thirty-seven states have introduced measures in 2019 to extend the amount of time victims of sexual abuse have to file lawsuits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But Texas is the only state where lawmakers are trying to bar victims from taking on institutions. Texas state Rep. Craig Goldman declined to say which […]

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Dying to sleep: Insomnia stories

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Image caption Martin was taking up to 12 sleeping tablets a night Award-winning documentary maker Martin Read says his insomnia has been a “gift and a curse”. Martin lives in Cardiff, the worst city in the UK for insomnia, according to research. “Going to sleep for most people is as easy as breathing and walking […]

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If Alabama were a country, this is how its abortion law would stack up

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(CNN)Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion this week, strict enough to rival abortion rules in countries like Brunei, Guatemala and Syria. Here’s how it compares to laws already in effect around the world. Where abortion is banned The United States is one of at least 49 countries that allow abortions at a woman’s request […]

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Maine bars residents from opting out of immunizations for religious or philosophical reasons

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(CNN)Maine has become the fourth state in the nation to prohibit people from opting out of immunization for religious or philosophical reasons. She also acknowledged that the immunization issue was “very emotional” for the people of her state. “People of good will hold sincere beliefs on both sides of the issue,” she said, “but Maine […]

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A Song of Coffee and Water: ‘Game of Thrones’ leaves plastic bottle in shot during finale

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(CNN)The convenience stores of Westeros have done good business in recent weeks. Viewers spotted it tucked behind Samwell Tarly’s foot, and the show was in hot water on Twitter just moments later. Some viewers said they spied a second water bottle later in the episode. The latest gaffe creates a new headache for HBO, which […]

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Colorado signs bill allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of opioids

“This will substitute marijuana for an FDA-approved medication — something that’s unregulated for something that’s highly regulated,” Stephanie Stewart, a physician in Colorado, told the news outlet. CBD MAY REDUCE DRUG CRAVINGS FOR HEROIN ADDICTS, SMALL STUDY FINDS Under Colorado law, medical marijuana can be recommended for patients struggling with cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, PTSD […]

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Disney and Netflix say new abortion law may push their business out of Georgia. Here’s why that matters

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New York (CNN Business)Two of the world’s biggest entertainment companies, Netflix and Disney, say they may stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state’s new abortion law takes effect. The restrictive new law, should it survive court challenges from the ACLU and women’s rights groups, is set to take effect on January […]

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Georgia senator says he’s not worried about his state losing film business over abortion ban

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(CNN)After film productions have threatened to boycott Georgia over a controversial new abortion law, US Sen. David Perdue says he doesn’t think the bill will pose a risk to his state’s economy. Perdue is unmoved by the threat. “It’s ironic that several of these companies that are threatening to boycott have yet to do business […]

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