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Election: Ford, Kelsey, Henry and Pruitt will face oppostion
Thursday was the deadline to qualify for state House, Senate and gubernatorial races as well as Congressional elections. In Nashville, long-time incumbent Democrats Sen. Douglas Henry and Rep. Mary Pruitt will have to fight for their party's nomination, and the retirements of entrenched lawmakers such as U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon and state Rep. Ben West have created openings for the first time in a quarter-century. The Tennessean reports. In Shelby County nine office-holders are without opposition. State legislators who will see competition include State Sen. Ophelia Ford, who will face Republican Robert Hill in District 29, and state Sen. Brian Kelsey in District 31, who will run against Democrat Ivon Faulkner. Read more in the Commercial Appeal.
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Pakistan AG resigns, says government stopped investigation
Pakistan's attorney general, Anwar Mansoor, resigned today accusing the government of preventing him from carrying out Supreme Court orders to reopen old graft investigations into President Asif Ali Zardari. The Pakistani Supreme Court last year struck down a controversial amnesty that had been protecting Zardari and scores of other top officials from prosecution over allegations of corruption dating back several years. Earlier this week, it ordered those cases reopened. carried this AP story
Magistrate fired for 'inappropriate comments'
Chattanooga part-time magistrate Joe Rehyansky has been fired for some "highly inappropriate comments" to female inmates during bond hearings, and the County Commission is questioning the handling of the dismissal. has more
30 years without computer too harsh a sentence
A federal appeals court ruled today that a convicted sex offender should not have been forbidden to use or possess a computer for 30 years after he was released from prison. A three-judge panel said that the restriction was too harsh because it could never be modified over three decades, noting it is often necessary to use a computer to apply for a job. Mark Wayne Russell of Columbia, Md., had been caught in a 2006 sex sting trying to meet someone he found through the Internet and believed was a 13-year-old girl.
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Facebook may face patent infrigement claim
Facebook may soon be squaring off in federal court in Philadelphia to defend itself against claims that the site's design infringes on a patent that was filed several years before Facebook was launched in 2004. brings you the story
Can 'going green' be financially valuable too?
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