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The Buzz: The weekend's top 10 most viewed and discussed news and sports stories

Staff Report • Jul 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Miss something this weekend? Never fear, the Buzz is here to bring you up to speed on the weekend's most discussed — and, at times, controversial — news and sports stories:

Follow the Money: Hill, Van Huss campaign finances largely from outside PACs. Money does matter when it comes to political campaigns, but it guarantees nothing.

Immigration concerns prompt area activists onto overpass. In response to a declaration on immigration reform by President Barack Obama, a group of citizens took to the highways to express their disapproval of his, and the country’s, position on immigration.

Mountain States on the block? With its regional competitor poised to potentially become part of a much larger corporate system, Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Alan Levine said all options are on the table for the Johnson City based health system he leads, including a merger, but he wouldn’t say whether Mountain States is being included in Wellmont’s discussions to find a partner.

JC Cards waste Mercado's ninth-inning home run. The Johnson City Cardinals were down to their last out when Oscar Mercado hit his first home of the season, but the Bristol White Sox rallied to win in the 10th inning.

TBR: ETSU has lowest number of tenured teachers in system. In the midst of a multi-year budget squeeze, East Tennessee State University’s proportion of teachers granted tenure status is the lowest among four-year institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, but administrators say that’s attributable to the medical and research colleges associated with the university.

Parents: Ex-bus driver should not get diversion for crash that injured Crockett students. Parents of two students injured in a 2012 Washington County school bus wreck had differing opinions after the driver pleaded guilty to some of the charges Friday.

'Huff' riding: Despite arrests, law enforcement says inhaling-and-driving not on rise. Within the past four days, two Johnson City drivers were arrested on suspicion that they crashed their vehicles after “huffing” aerosol inhalants while driving.

Thousands flee major battle with Israel in Gaza. Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.

Cyclones' Thomas doesn't think surgery will slow him down. It’s a give-and-take game that’s part of the college football recruiting business, and Elizabethton’s Ethan Thomas got a little bite on the take side.

Human and canine friendships formed at Johnson City Dog Park. Tara and Maya are just two of many canines jumping for joy at the Johnson City Dog Park, showing their excitement as they leap for a frisbee at the hands of Tara’s owner, Rod Balch, only to chase the disk deep into the wooded area.

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