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Indigent Fees Under Review

The state is intensifying its reviews for fee claims from attorneys paid from an indigent defense fund. The Administrative Office of the Courts said in a news release that the need for the fund has increased because of the economic…

Five Year Old Dies In Shooting

Jackson police say a 5-year-old girl died after being accidentally shot. Spokeswoman Colendula Green tells The Clarion-Ledger that 64-year-old Claude Hawkins had taken his granddaughter and 4-year-old grandson to look at horses on Sunday. When Hawkins and his grandchildren were…

TN Trooper Fired On

Police in Chattanooga say a state trooper's car was struck by a bullet. Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Robert Gordon was working an overtime assignment Saturday night on Interstate 24 near the 4th Avenue exit when he heard a loud bang.…

Floodgates Opened In New Orleans

The rising Mississippi River has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to begin opening floodgates at a spillway upriver from New Orleans. Shortly after 8 a.m. CDT, workers pulled restraining devices off the first of 28 gates at the the…

Pilot Accused Of Refusing To Fly Muslim Passengers

Two Muslim religious leaders who were removed from a commercial airliner in Memphis say they were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard. Masudur Rahman said by telephone from the terminal at Memphis International Airport…

President Obama Preps For Fort Campbell Visit

A White House official says President Barack Obama will meet with some of those involved in the military assault that killed Osama bin Laden when he visits Fort Campbell, Ky., on Friday. A team of Navy SEALs raided a compound…

Injured Educators Receive Degrees

Doctorates will be conferred upon two public school administrators who were shot and wounded in an attack last year in Knoxville. Elisa Luna, the principal at Inskip Elementary School, and Amy Brace, the assistant principal there, will receive doctoral degrees…

Country Stars Set Storm Benefit

An impressive initial list of country music stars has aligned with CMT to raise money for tornado victims across the South. Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw will join other stars in a 90-minute benefit…

Lottery Passes 2 Billion Mark

The Tennessee lottery has surpassed $2 billion in funds raised to support education-related programs in the state. Lottery officials made the announcement Thursday, saying more than 100,000 students have received awards to higher education institutions in the state this year.…

TN Shared Execution Drug

Tennessee has shared a drug used in the lethal injection of condemned prisoners with Alabama, which had none on hand for a scheduled execution. State prison officials in Tennessee say they did nothing improper in lending eight grams of sodium…

TN Tornado Tally Set

Preliminary National Weather Service records show the killer storms that bashed Tennessee included a total of 40 tornadoes. Forecasters say that total is likely to increase slightly as data continues to be analyzed. Records from the weather service offices in…

MS Woman Charged With Storm Fraud

A woman from Itawamba County faces charges after state investigators say she took disaster relief items she was not due. The attorney general's office says 53-year-old Pamela Thompson, who lives just outside the Smithville city limits, was charged Wednesday with…

Traffic On Ohio River Halted

Commercial barge traffic on the Ohio River and tributaries has been halted because of flooding and closed locks. Jerry Knapper, assistant vice president of Ingram Barge, told The Paducah Sun his company's operations are halted in western Kentucky because locks…

MTSU Offers Older Scholars Help

Officials at Middle Tennessee State University say the school is now the only four-year institution in the state that gives re-entry scholarships to older, non-traditional students who want to get a degree. The university just gave nine students across the…

MS Storm Death Toll Climbs

Mississippi's death toll from last week's tornadoes has risen to 36. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says 80-year-old Helen Noe of Smithville died Wednesday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo from injuries she suffered when the tornado struck her…

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