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The most expensive oil of 2015 triggered increases at the gas pump, and prices could continue to climb this week. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.45 per gallon, up 6 cents from last week. The price rose 9 cents in Tennessee to $2.26 per gallon.
A primary factor driving prices this week was more expensive oil prices keyed by a combination of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, a sharply lower U.S. dollar, and the release of OPEC's monthly market report..
News of Al Qaeda militants taking control of a major oil terminal in Yemen stocked some fears that violence could spread in the region.
For the first time in history, Tennessee travel has exceeded 100 million domestic person stays. That's according to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Tourism results for 2014 confirm a record-breaking year for Tennessee tourism.
Total travel to Tennessee for 2014 was 101.3 million, up from 96.4 million in 2013, an increase of 5.1 percent. This was higher than the national growth of 4.4 percent.
Increases in visitor volume translate into increases in Tennessee revenues. Preliminary numbers for 2014 economic impact results project nearly $18 billion in direct travel expenditures. This is an estimated increase of $1.3 billion over the previous year.
The state Senate has approved a bill to rename and review Common Core education standards, and Gov. Haslam says he plans to sign the measure into law.
The chamber voted 27-1 on Tuesday to approve the measure. The House version passed on a 97-0 vote a day earlier.
Haslam told reporters his main concern was that a review of the standards proceeded in an orderly way so educators knew what to prepare for. The governor said he's satisfied the bill accomplishes that, so he plans to sign it.
Eight men and one woman were charged with 113 wildlife violations and eight pleaded guilty in DeKalb County.
Six adults and three juveniles were charged with multiple counts including spot-lighting, hunting during a closed season, hunting from a public road and hunting from a motorized vehicle.
Those indicted admitted to driving a 20-mile stretch of road and illegally taking 11 deer on different nights. The men surrendered five deer racks, three rifles and one bow. Officers also found a spotlight, empty cartridges and a knife.
The charges came following an investigation by TWRA officers from Warren and DeKalb Counties.
The criminals were fined a total of $10,329, received a combined 22 years of revoked hunting privileges, 16 years of suspended probation and all must retake the hunter education course.
A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has failed once again.
House sponsor Bill Dunn withdrew the proposal from the House Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday. Dunn said he didn't have the votes and took the measure off notice until next year.
This makes it the third consecutive time it has failed.
The legislation would let parents move a child from a failing public school to a private school with funding from the state.
The main reason for the proposal's failure has been attempts to expand eligibility instead of a more limited approach.