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From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Wednesday, April 26th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz. Topping our new

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Wednesday, April 26th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Topping our news today, from the Cleveland Daily Banner…

The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Monday night to concur with the state Senate and give the final approval to Gov. Bill Haslam’s transportation infrastructure act.

The final vote was 67-21.

The bill prioritizes 962 projects across all of Tennessee’s 95 counties, addressing a $10.5 billion backlog in repairs and updates.

The legislation also includes a local option for municipalities to hold their own referendums for tax increases to fund local transportation needs and provides property tax relief to veterans and the elderly.

The bill also includes tax cuts for state residents on food, business and Hall income taxes.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature and that will give the go-ahead to several major road projects totaling more than $220 million in Bradley County.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Rep. JoAnne Favors’ mandatory school bus seat belt legislation was amended in a House panel yesterday afternoon to require state government pick up the entire tab of paying costs for seat belts on new buses before it could take effect.

Government Operations Committee Chairman Jeremy Faison, moved the amendment, saying he couldn’t support a state mandate that causes the three poorer counties he represents to bear a share of the costs.

Rep. JoAnne Favors, who introduced the bill in response to last November’s deadly Hamilton County School bus crash killing six children, had little choice but to accept the amendment to get the measure out of Faison’s committee.

The bill, now carrying Faison’s amendment, passed on a voice vote. It now goes to the House Budget Subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. Gerald McCormick, a co-sponsor of the bill.

Also in news today…

In the 25 years since it rose on a once-neglected riverfront, the Tennessee Aquarium has become emblematic of Chattanooga’s astounding renaissance.

The initial $45 million investment in bringing an Aquarium to Chattanooga has paid dividends on a massive scale. According to a recent economic impact study conducted by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Center for Sustainable Business and Development, more than $3.293 billion have flowed into Hamilton County in the last 25 years thanks to the Aquarium. That figure represents spending by guests who reported their primary reason for coming to Chattanooga was to visit the Aquarium.

The Aquarium continues to give back to the local community as well by providing more than $2.2 million each year in free student admissions, educational programs and transportation costs. Through its Community Outreach Program and partnership with the Chattanooga 2.0 movement, the Aquarium is taking an active role in promoting early childhood education and improving access to economically disadvantaged families in the region.

And finally…

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the suspects in a surveillance video.

The male and female suspects used a stolen credit card and spent more than $200.00 during their purchase. The stolen credit card was produced on April 9, 2017 at the South Wal-mart located on Treasury Dr., and the suspects were observed leaving the store on a cruiser style motorcycle.

Anybody with information regarding this incident or knows the identities of the suspects are asked to call the BCSO Crime Tip Line at 423-728-7336, or notify them though the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Information received will be kept confidential.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com, powered by Pioneer Credit. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.