5 things to know this morning

(WVLT) -- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News to get you out the door this morning:

1. University of Tennessee announces smoking ban will begin in August

The University of Tennessee announced Thursday it would no longer allow smoking on campus.

On Aug. 1, 2018, the policy will go into effect and UT will join more than 2,100 college and university campuses across the U.S. that are smoke-free schools. This means smoking — defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carry any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product — will be banned on all UT property. This ban includes within private vehicles, as well as littering by dropping butts on the ground.

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2. Weekend backups return to Knoxville interstate Friday

A five-mile section of I-40 has looked more like a parking lot than an interstate during the past weekends of work.

Last weekend, TDOT crews continued bridge work between West Hills mile marker 380 and the I-640 interchange mile marker 385. The work began Friday night at 8:00 p.m. with plans to end on Monday at 6:00 a.m. That same plan was developed to be implemented this weekend.

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3. Congress OKs $1.3 trillion budget, averting another shutdown

Congress has given final approval to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now. But that came only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House.

Senate passage on Friday shortly after midnight averted a third federal shutdown this year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. But in crafting a sweeping deal that busts budget caps, they've stirred conservative opposition and set the contours for the next funding fight ahead of the midterm elections.

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4. KPD: Man charged with 1st degree murder in case of 2017 missing woman

The Knoxville Police Department charged a 52-year-old man with first degree murder in the death of Nakisha Scott, a woman who went missing in May 2017 and whose remains were discovered in December 2017.

Police have charged 52-year-old Michael Anthony Keck with first degree murder in the death of Nakisha Scott.

According to police, Scott was reported missing in May 2017 and was last seen walking to her estranged husband's home on May 28.

On December 2, the Campbell County Sheriff's Office investigated the discovery of human remains in the Speedwell community. They were transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center and were determined to be Scott's.

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5. Knoxville Marathon to bring road closures, parking restrictions March 24-25

Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, no parking will be allowed on Clinch Avenue between World's Fair Park Drive and 17th Street. Beginning Sunday, March 25, no parking will be allowed between 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. Parking will be allowed at these locations after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The northbound lanes of Gay Street between Blount Avenue and Summitt Hill Drive will be closed to traffic between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Several roads will be affected along the marathon course, spanning from Forest Park Boulevard in Bearden, south to Ijams Nature Center and east through the Fourth and Gill neighborhood and Parkridge.

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