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Memphis Democratic Rep. Larry Turner Dead At 70

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(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Rep. Larry Turner is dead at the age of 70. House Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry said she was informed by the Memphis Democrat's wife that he died Friday morning after a long battle with an unspecified illness. 

Turner missed most of the last session of the General Assembly after spending 24 years in the Legislature with hardly any absences. 

DeBerry, also a Memphis Democrat, described Turner as a quiet, yet effective lawmaker who, "I never heard anybody say anything bad about, and I never heard him say anything bad about anybody." 

Turner's most notable legislation dealt with education, predatory lending and helping restore certain rights to felons. 

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