- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015
GOP hopefuls give NRA event an earful on Hillary Clinton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s imminent presidential campaign dropped like a gift from the heavens at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention Friday.

A succession of potential Republican presidential rivals slung criticism and cracked jokes about the Democratic candidate-to-be, and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, never given to understatement, predicted doom for the nation if she should win.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure,” LaPierre said. The NRA executive vice president and CEO vowed that the powerful gun lobby would “stand shoulder to shoulder” to prevent her from becoming the next president.

Clinton plans to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on Sunday. Many speakers at the NRA convention took the opportunity to say something about it.

“Is this the ready-for-Hillary gathering?” joked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Many in the capacity crowd at the 4,000-seat ballroom shouted back, “No!”


Council selects 3 names to fill judgeship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam’s Council for Judicial Appointments has selected the names of three candidates to potentially replace retiring Circuit Court Judge Jim T. Hamilton in Middle Tennessee.

The council submitted the names of the attorneys to Haslam on Friday afternoon after interviewing the candidates and conducting a vote. The governor will pick one to fill the court vacancy in the 22nd Judicial District, which oversees Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.

The council recommended David L. Allen of Lawrenceburg and N. Houston Parks ia and Leland Bruce Peden, both of Columbia.


Memphis police: Girl, 15, fatally shot while lying in bed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a 15-year-old girl was shot and killed while she was in her bed in her home in Memphis.

Memphis police said officers responded to a shooting at about 2 a.m. Friday. Officers found the girl unresponsive, and she was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Police say a 63-year-old man who was inside the home also was shot. He was taken to a hospital in noncritical condition.

A preliminary investigation shows that several shots were fired into the home from the street outside the house. Sgt. Alyssa Macon-Moore, a police spokeswoman, says investigators have not determined if the shots were fired from a moving vehicle or by someone on foot.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help because they do not have a description of the suspect who fired the shots.


Report shows principals reluctant to give teachers low marks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee school principals are reluctant to give bad teachers failing marks, according to an annual report on the state’s teacher evaluation system.

WPLN-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1CzsEYE) principals calculate classroom observation scores on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the best score. In theory these should line up, at least roughly, with teachers’ scores from their classrooms’ standardized test performance.

But the report found that only 0.3 percent of Tennessee teachers were given 1s by an observer, even though nearly 20 percent of teachers scored 1s based on their students’ performance. That gap has only been growing. It could be even more difficult for principals to give low marks now because teachers can be fired for consistently low marks.

Principals also were reluctant to give 5s, but that gap has been shrinking.


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