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Abortion measure voted state's top story
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NASHVILLE (AP) — Opponents of abortion had a huge victory in November. By changing the state constitution, they overturned a court ruling that 14 years ago had nullified mandatory counselling and waiting periods and strict clinic regulations.After a hard-fought campaign that included more than $5.5 million spent on dueling TV advertisements and other efforts, Tennessee voters passed Amendment 1 with 53 percent voting in favor.That success, 14 years in the making, was the state’s top news story of 2014 as voted on by reporters and editors of The Associated Press, AP member newspapers and broadcast subscribers.Knoxville News Sentinel editor Jack McElroy wrote that the abortion amendment got his vote for top story because it “sets the stage for more big stories for years to come as the state debates how to regulate abortion.”In fact, more stories came almost immediately as a group of abortion-rights supporters challenged the election results in court. The case currently is pending in U.S. District Court in Nashville.