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Pioneers Win
Jay Walker Thursday April 20, 2017

The Warren County Pioneer baseball team picked up two wins over White County Wednesday night in District 6 action at Warren County High School.
The Pioneer and Warriors resumed the game that was suspended by rain Monday night, with Warren County winning 5-2.
In the game that followed, the Pioneers shut out the Warriors 3-0.
The Pioneers will host Coffee County in a doubleheader Thursday night at 5.
In softball action, the Lady Pioneers will host Rhea County tonight at 5pm.


Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Hike
WSMV Thursday April 20, 2017

Tennessee lawmakers voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to raise the state's gas tax to pay for road and infrastructure costs.
Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing a 6 cent per gallon gas tax to pay for $6 billion in road and bridge projects.
House lawmakers approved the bill with a 60-37 vote. It passed the Senate with a 25-6 vote.
The bill, called the Improve Act, would be the first gas tax increase in Tennessee since 1989. It would increase taxes on gasoline but cut the sales tax on groceries. It would also reduce corporate taxes paid by manufacturers and tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.
The proposal now heads back to the House to resolve a difference over property tax relief for veterans, which could delay completion of the legislation for another week.
The Senate wants property tax relief for disabled veterans to increase up to $175,000 in property value.


Abortion Bill Passes Senate Panel
AP Thursday April 20, 2017

A bill that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks has passed in a Senate committee, despite Tennessee's attorney general calling the measure "constitutionally suspect."
Doctors who violated the law could be subject to criminal prosecution under the measure.
The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, a Republican from Hohenwald who is also a medical doctor. He told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the purpose of the bill was to make sure viable infants were not being aborted.
Under the bill, doctors could not perform an abortion at a gestational age of 20 weeks unless the physician deemed the abortion necessary to preserve the mother's life or health.


Games Postponed
Jay Walker Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Warren County Pioneer baseball team will host White County Wednesday to resume Monday's game that was suspended due to rain. White County was leading 2-1 after four innings. That game will resume at 4:45 at Warren County High School. Then the two teams will play the game that had been scheduled for Tuesday but was rained out. Wednesday's baseball action will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.
The Lady Pioneer softball game with Stone Memorial was also rained out Tuesday. It will be made up next Monday night at WCHS.


School Bus Bill Advances
AP Wednesday April 19, 2017

Bills designed to keep school bus riders safe continue to advance in the Tennessee Legislature, with one measure requiring buses to have seat belts clearing another hurdle.
The bills came as a result of a deadly bus wreck in Chattanooga in November that killed six children and injured more than a dozen others.
On Tuesday, a House committee approved a measure that would require that all new school buses be equipped with seat belts. Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about restraints trapping children if the school bus caught on fire or was submerged in water.
Also, the House on Monday evening voted unanimously to pass a bill pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam that would require more oversight of school bus drivers. The measure still has to clear the Senate.


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