Author: Associated Press

Governor Lee to give State of the State speech Jan. 31

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to give his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 31. The Republican will deliver the address to state lawmakers for his fourth time since taking office in 2019. Lee…

Push to stop House map carving Nashville has legal obstacles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats and voting rights groups have blasted Tennessee Republicans for what they call an effort to dilute the state’s Black vote by carving Nashville into three likely GOP-controlled districts. But opponents face significant obstacles in getting…

Mexican abortion advocates look to help women in US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Decades ago, Mexican activists drove women into the United States to terminate their pregnancies at clinics. Now it’s women in the U.S. who are facing more challenges to accessing abortion services and once again Mexican activists…

Tennessee has $1M available for volunteer fire departments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has $1 million available for firefighting equipment for the state’s more than 500 volunteer fire departments. According to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training…

HBO leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and HBO Max have beaten Netflix to be the top contender at the GLAAD Media Awards with 19 nominations, landing the bulk of its nods for TV shows like “Hacks,” “The Other Two” and “The…

400 million free N95 masks to be distributed starting next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week. The step comes after federal officials emphasized the masks' better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth…

White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially launch. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for “every home in…