Good morning, Nashville. A high school graduation downtown turned tragic when a gunman opened fire into the crowd of 4,000 people who were attending the ceremony. One person was killed and another injured by the gunfire, and another person was trampled by the crowd running out of the auditorium; none of them were graduates. The Maplewood High School commencement was being held at TSU’s Gentry Center and no one has figured out yet why the guy started shooting at people, though a suspect believed to be the shooter was picked up around 8:30 last night near Hadley Park.
- Abortion amendment passes, sort of. The abortion amendment, SJR127, passed with flying colors in the House yesterday and at least one person is really happy about it. Even with yesterday’s passage, it’s got a long journey ahead of it before it actually does anything to change the state’s constitution.
- Where the sun don’t shine. We’re admittedly kind of impressed with Councilman Eric Crafton’s proposal to create a transparency website for the new Music City Convention Center where we the people can track itemized spending, revenues, and where all the money is coming from related to the project.
- Bits & pieces. Thanks to all the toxic coal ash that, uh, didn’t spill in the Tennessee River or anything, scientists are finding toxin levels high enough to mess up the ability of fish to reproduce … The Shelbyville Tyson plant just pledged $25K to help the Community Clinic of Bedford County … Somehow despite the fact that our Attorney General said it was probably unconstitutional, the Saggy Pants Bill soldiers on … The Tennessee Ethics Commission (which may not be around much longer anyway because who cares about ethics, right?) just fired its own director.
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