From WMOT News

(Mike Osborne)  --  A Tennessee abortion case is highlighting an ideological divide on the federal appeals court that reviews the state’s cases.

Republican lawmakers in 2015 passed a measure requiring a 48 hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. A ruling in a lawsuit by pro-abortion advocates overturned the law in federal court last year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to soon allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns without first clearing a background check and training.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee Thursday signed the measure into law on Thursday.

The measure applies to handguns that are concealed and ones that are openly carried, but it does not apply to long guns.

The law will take effect July 1.

Nearly 20 other states currently don’t require permits for concealed carry of handguns.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Greater Nashville’s real estate market continues to power through the pandemic.

Numbers released Thursday by the Greater Nashville Realtors Association show property closings in March were up 13 percent year-over-year.

The median price for a single family home jumped from $330,000 in March, 2020, to $367,090 last month.

It’s currently a strong seller’s market in Metro and the surrounding counties.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  New aid is available beginning Thursday for Middle Tennessee’s pandemic battered live music venues.

U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper notes that the U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venues Operations Grant portal is now open. 

Qualifying venues can apply on the SBA website.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans dying on the state’s roads, highways and interstates has taken a sharp turn higher.

Traffic fatalities are up more than 24 percent in the past two years, according to state records.

By this date in 2019, before the pandemic began, some 243 state residents had died in vehicle accidents. So far this year, 303 have died.

More than 100 lives were lost in March alone.