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Beginning April 1, 2013, passengers flying out of both the Nashville and Memphis International Airports may get 'special treatment' going through security.
It's all part of the TSA's new "pre-check program", and some airlines including Delta, American, United, and US Airways have all chosen to participate.
The program will allow passengers flying on those airlines to skip out on having to remove their shoes, belt, and light outerwear while going through the security line. They will also be able to keep electronics, like laptops, in their cases and keep liquid and gel bags in their carry-on.
Beginning April 25th, the TSA will also be lifting some carry-on restrictions, giving passengers the choice to pack small knives on-board for the first time since 9/11. In addition, previously banned sporting equipment like baseball bats, hockey sticks, and golf clubs will also be allowed to be carried on.
Under the new guidelines things like razors, molded grip knives, and box-cutters are still prohibited per TSA regulations.
Some flight attendants are not happy about this and consider these policy changes to be a threat to safety.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said loosening these restrictions will help give travelers a better experience and bring the U.S. more in-line with international standards. Pistole also believes the policy changes will allow TSA workers to focus on more serious threats.
Wednesday, March 6 2013, 10:06 AM CST
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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