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Milk prices could double if Congress does not pass another farm bill. If Congress can't come to a resolution over the farm bill, milk prices would rise because a law from the 1940s would kick in. When prices jump, dairy farmers would get some of that money. Members of the House and Senate are fighting over the parts dealing with food stamps.
A recent study shows violence against women in Tennessee costs the state more than $880 million a year. The study identified costs incurred by public and private entities statewide as a result of domestic violence, human sex trafficking and sexual assault. Additionally, the study found that domestic and sexual violence against women likely influenced the needs of children who received a majority of the state Department of Children's Services' 2012 operational spending.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it plans to increase patrols to protect trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The THP says Halloween is one of the top days for pedestrian injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween as any other day. Tonight (Thurs) troopers will conduct bar and tavern checks, sobriety checkpoints, and seat belt saturations across the state. The highway patrol is advising drivers to slow down, watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs, and avoid drinking and driving. Trick or treaters and their parents are advised to stay on sidewalks, cross only at corners or crosswalks, use a flashlight and wear retro-reflective strips or patches on clothing.
Authorities believe a resident of Old Morrison Road died Wednesday after accidentally setting herself on fire as she was cooking breakfast. The body of 92 year old Gladys Walker was found Wednesday by a family member at her McMinnville home. It is believed she was cooking on her gas range when her clothing caught on fire. The body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death
Military veterans looking for work can still find several job listings through the Jobs4TN.gov web site. As a follow-up to the successful Paychecks for Patriots hiring event held across the state on October 17th, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips is urging veterans who could not attend the event to visit www.jobs4tn.gov to view the many career opportunities that are available.