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Pilot Flying J agreed to pay legal costs of former staffers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has publicly distanced itself from former employees charged with defrauding customers. But court records show the board of Pilot Flying J has agreed to pay the ex-staffers’ legal bills. Pilot Flying J has been under scrutiny in…

Judge declares mistrial in Mississippi burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of a man charged with burning a woman to death. Quinton Tellis Jurors had deliberated between nine and 10 hours in the trial of 29-year-old Quinton Tellis. The deliberations started Sunday and ended Monday, when the jury…

Thousands of state assessment tests scored incorrectly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly. The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored. Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up…

Memphis student says she was raped twice in 20 days

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Students at the University of Memphis are planning to protest for a third consecutive day after a student said she was raped twice off-campus within a 20-day span earlier this year. The Commercial Appeal reports that a small group of students held protests in front of the school’s University Center on Wednesday and Thursday. They are…

State help given to probe of officer’s death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has mobilized state law enforcement resources to help Lubbock and Texas Tech University police investigate the fatal shooting of a campus police officer. University officials say a 19-year-old Tech student in custody is suspected of killing the officer Monday night at the campus police headquarters. In a statement, Abbott also…

Twitter shuts down Blackburn campaign announcement video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad is being blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research. Rep. Marsha Blackburn Blackburn in the ad boasts that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.” Twitter found that statement to be inflammatory and “likely…

Trump criticizes GOP Sen. Corker; Corker fights back

WASHINGTON (AP) — An enraged President Donald Trump and a prominent Republican senator who fears the country could be edging toward “chaos” have been engaging in an intense back-and-forth bashing on social media. It was a remarkable airing of their party’s profound rifts. In their social media argument, the GOP’s foreign policy expert in the Senate, Sen. Bob Corker, felt…

Nashville church shooting suspect has Oct. 23 court date

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding six others at a Tennessee church has a new court date. Nashville district attorney general spokeswoman Dorinda Carter says 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson’s preliminary hearing will be Oct. 23. Samson wasn’t in court Friday when his case was briefly mentioned. He’s charged with murder in the…

Trial date set in deadly Chattanooga school bus crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for the driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students last year. Johnthony Walker faces 34 charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide, in last November’s crash in Chattanooga. Police have said Walker was speeding when the crash occurred. Walker’s defense attorney has said…