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This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Monday, September 18th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

MARIJUANA DEADLINE:  Today is the deadline for entities to apply for a license to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana in Arkansas.  Michael Hibblen from Member Station KUAR gives the details. LITTLE ROCK SHOOTING:  The trials scheduled today for rapper Ricky Hampton and his bodyguard Kentrell Gwynn, both of Memphis, have been delayed.  They were arrested in July in Alabama on federal weapons charges.  It came after a deadly nightclub shooting in Little Rock in which Hampton was performing. WARD MEETINGS:  The second of 3 Ward Meetings is set for tonight at 6pm for Wards 3 and 4 in Jonesboro.  It will be at the Earl Bell Community Center.

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Frisco Wakeland offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai made a commitment to Texas this summer over a handful of major schools.

The four-star prospect spoke with The Dallas Morning News about his decision to pick Texas, his expectations for the Longhorns’ season and more. 

DMN: What are your thoughts on UT’s season so far? Obviously, they fell to Maryland in the opener but bounced back against San Jose State.

RG: I think the Maryland loss was early jitters. Everyone is nervous for their first game. It was a new coach, and players weren’t used to the tempo. I still think Coach (Tom) Herman is a great coach. I just think it was a hiccup, and they are going to keep coming back strong.

DMN: Where does your commitment stand right now?

RG: I’m still solid. I’m a Longhorn. I would like to see them get to a bowl. If they make the playoffs great, but I at least want to see a bowl game out of them. Right now, I’m with Longhorn nation, and I think they’ll turn it around.

DMN: Are any other schools still recruiting you?

RG:

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A Tennessee man has been convicted of federal drug crimes connected with a conspiracy to distribute a large quantity of marijuana from the Illinois Valley.

According to the US Department of Justice, 35-year-old Chad Allen Dorton of Kingsport, Tennessee, was convicted this week of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with the Intent to Distribute 1,000 Kilograms or More of Marijuana.

From July 2014 to November 2016, investigators said Dorton conspired with nine charged co-defendants and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cannabis.

During this period, Dorton reportedly transported over $1 million in cash to Cave Junction and O’Brien to purchase high-grade marijuana. He then smuggled 700 to 800 pounds of the marijuana back to east Tennessee, concealing it in diesel tanks with false compartments, as well as in tires and in spare tires. It had a street value of more than $3.3 million.

Evidence presented by prosecutors at Dorton’s trial showed the conspirators purchased, transported and distributed up to 3,700 pounds of marijuana during the conspiracy period with a street value of up to $18 million.

All of the marijuana was distributed

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“The Senate, bless their heart, are [sic] just scared to death.”

That was Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faison’s response earlier this year after medical marijuana legislation he sponsored was pushed into summer study.

Summer study, in case you’re wondering, is where many bills are parked when it becomes clear they don’t have enough momentum behind them to get an actual vote in the current year. Think legislative limbo. Some bills never resurface. Some, though, attract more attention in later sessions.

With summer now turning to fall, it appears members of the legislature are becoming more serious than ever about the prospect of legalizing marijuana for medical use.

That, as I’ve long argued, is a good thing.

Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison

Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison

Photo by Erik Schelzig

After being directed by House Speaker Beth Harwell (also a gubernatorial candidate) and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally to investigate the matter, Tennessee lawmakers will hold their first public medical marijuana hearing next Thursday in Nashville. The 10-member bipartisan panel includes three physicians, who,

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) –

 A new Chattanooga store sells cannabis-based products but not for reasons you would think.

“Grass roots” sells CBD which stands for Cannabidiol and while it’s one of the two main compounds in marijuana, it’s not illegal and is mainly used for medical purposes.

Nestled in-between a hair salon and convenience store on East M.L.K. Boulevard Grass Roots has found a home.

The legalization of medical marijuana has sparked debate with two clear sides.

As other communities wrestle with what it means for them Elisha Millan says Tennessee law is clear.

“Our products are guaranteed to be within the legal limit,” says Elisha Millan, store owner. “There is a legal limit in the state of Tennessee and that’s point nine. So we never offer a guarantee that the products have absolutely zero but we do get a certificate of analyzes.”

The other compound, which is the substance that is mind-altering, is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is not one of the main ingredients of this medical product.

Grass Roots provides the Cannabidiol, CBD oil, which is found in marijuana plants some say it can

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By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said. Randolph – who signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Kings in July – entered a no-contest plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 150 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. The two-time All-Star may petition the court for the charges to be vacated if he stays out of trouble for a year, Mateljan said. Randolph initially had been arrested in August on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged him with misdemeanor drug possession. Court documents said the 36-year-old Randolph possessed ‘more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both.’ Randolph also was accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in

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Greeneville, Tenn. – A man was convicted of charges related to the smuggling of marijuana from Oregon to Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Justice said 35-year-old Kingsport, Tennessee resident Chad Allen Dorton transported over $1 million in cash to O’Brien and Cave Junction, Oregon from Tennessee to buy high-grade marijuana.

The then smuggled between 700 and 800 pounds of the marijuana back to Tennessee.

The product had a street value estimated at over $3.3 million.

The DOJ said Dorton conspired with nine other during the smuggling activity between July 2013 and November 2016.

Evidence presented at trial showed Dorton and his co-conspirators purchased, transported and distributed between 2,500 and 3,700 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $12 million to $18 million.

All of the marijuana from Oregon was distributed in Kingsport, Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

Following Dorton’s three day trial, he was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana.

While he has yet to be sentenced, the 35-year-old faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years

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LOS ANGELES — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said.

The former Marion High School basketball standout entered a no-contest plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 150 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

The two-time All-Star may petition the court for the charges to be vacated if he stays out of trouble for a year, Mateljan said.

Randolph initially had been arrested in August on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged him with misdemeanor drug possession. Court documents said the 36-year-old Randolph possessed “more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both.” Randolph also was accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of his or her duties.

Randolph was arrested Aug. 9 at

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Zach Randolph will serve 150 hours of community service. USATSI

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced on Wednesday to community service after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest in an incident in Los Angeles last month, according to the Associated Press.

Randolph entered a no-contest plea and avoided jail time. Instead, he was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Randolph, 36, signed a two-year, $24 million contract this offseason with the Kings after a successful 8-year run with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Randolph’s initial arrest in August on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell is a felony in the state of California, but prosecutors instead charged him with misdemeanor drug possession. According to court records, Randolph was in possession of “more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both.” He was also accused of resisting arrest and obstruction.

According to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, Randolph may petition the court for the charges to be vacated

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FAIRBANKS — While growing up in Leavenworth, Kansas, Melissa Etheridge listened to Kansas City radio station WHB, absorbing the music of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and soul tracks from the 1950s and ’60s. She listened to Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’’’ over and over. 

Her 2016 album “Memphis Rock and Soul” pays homage to the music she loved growing up, much of which was recorded at Stax Records in Memphis. Etheridge says when she’s writing songs, she often will reach for the feel of those old records. 

“When I get the space to write a song, I sit down and say I’m going to create something that’s got this feeling like when Otis Redding sings ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now,)” that feeling, that place in your gut that just gets you, that’s where I want to write from,” she said. “That’s kind of the inspiration. Or I want to sing in that high, sexy way, then I will pick up a guitar and play a rhythm and music and then just

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