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Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the “internet democracy” in which an angry president can quickly tweet to tens of millions of people has driven division in the U.S. But he says it's something Americans need to…

UT agriculture gets $250K grant to study biomass as jet fuel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has landed a $250,000 federal grant to study the possible use of certain farming biomass in the production of jet fuel. The institute says the Federal Aviation Administration grant…

Gov. Lee says COVID vaccines will be optional for K-12 schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says COVID-19 vaccines will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools, once they become available. The Republican said at a news conference Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee…

US agency allows formal Biden transition to begin

WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration. An official said Administrator…

White House plans holiday parties despite pandemic surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren’t stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the…

Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The ruling Friday also said Tennessee can prohibit an abortion if it’s based on the race…

Donald Trump Jr. doing 'very well' with virus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is doing “very well” in quarantine after becoming infected with the coronavirus. A spokesman for the younger Trump says he received the positive test result earlier this week,…

Sen. Alexander: Trump admin should aid in Biden transition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Trump administration should aid President-elect Joe Biden in his transition. In a statement Friday, the retiring Tennessee Republican said Trump's team should provide all transition materials, resources and meetings needed…

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to Vanderbilt for vaccine development

BOSTON (AP) — Dolly Parton is being celebrated in song with a rewritten version of her own “Jolene” for her contribution to an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Northeastern University associate English professor Ryan Cordell posted a video on Twitter of himself…

Millions wagered in first week of Tennessee sports gambling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say gamblers in Tennessee wagered more than $27 million in the first week of the state’s only online sports betting program. Officials who regulate Tennessee's new sports gambling program say that from Nov. 1 through…

'More people may die': Biden urges Trump to aid transition

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is warning of dire consequences if President Donald Trump and his administration continue to refuse to coordinate with his transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues…

Judge won't pause eviction ban amid Tennessee landlord suit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will not block a nationwide eviction ban while Tennessee landlords pursue a legal challenge alleging the moratorium has infringed on their property rights and unfairly caused them financial harm. U.S. District Judge Mark…

States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in US history

(AP) -- With a COVID-19 vaccine drawing closer, public health officials across the country are gearing up for the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history. It will be a monumental undertaking to distribute hundreds of millions of doses, prioritize who’s…

1 arrested, 8 wounded in Nashville gunfight over dog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for another in a Tennessee gunfight that began with an argument over a dog. Metro Nashville Police say two people traded gunfire and eight people were wounded. They…

Tennessee family sues over student's slave assignment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee family has filed a lawsuit against Metro Nashville Public Schools and a teacher over an elementary school assignment about slavery. The assignment at Waverly Belmont Elementary in Nashville was called “Let’s Make a Slave.”…

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is signaling that he plans to move quickly to build out his government. The first focus for the president-election is the coronavirus pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration. Biden…

Alex Trebek, long-running ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has died after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years. “Jeopardy!” studio Sony says Trebek died at his California home early Sunday with family and friends surrounding him. He was 80. Trebek presided…

Police make multiple arrests as protesters demand vote count

Police arrested more than a dozen people in Seattle and Portland, Oregon overnight during protests demanding a full tally of all votes in the US election. Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at tabulation sites in closely contested…

Biden, Trump locked in tight races in battleground states

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are locked in tight races in battleground states across the country. It's the conclusion of an epic campaign that will shape America’s response to the surging pandemic and foundational…

Tennessee's early voting period ends Thursday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Time is running out to vote early ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. The 14-day early voting period ends Thursday. Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office says more than 1.9 million Tennesseans have voted as…

NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person familiar with the discipline tells The Associated Press that the NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season. The Titans had 24…

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has…

Trial in killing of Tennessee prison official moved to 2021

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — The trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections official before escaping prison on a tractor has been delayed until next year. Curtis Watson had been scheduled to face trial Oct. 26 in the…

White House says Tennessee mask mandate 'must be implemented'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The White House quietly told Tennessee early last week that a statewide mask mandate “must be implemented” to curb its growing spread of COVID-19. The White House and Republican Gov. Bill Lee did not discuss the…

Woman charged for feeding black bear in Tennessee

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officers say a Virginia woman has been charged after they say she fed a black bear while on vacation in Tennessee. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association said Friday that a video posted on social media…

Man shot by 3-year-old daughter in car; passenger charged

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a father by his 3-year-old daughter in a car in Memphis, Tennessee. Court documents say Allante Jones has been charged with reckless homicide in…

Trump, Biden to compete for TV audiences after debate plan nixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting for their second debate as originally planned. They'll take questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night —…

Tennessee daycare owner sentenced in twins' drowning deaths

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Tennessee in-home daycare was sentenced to four years of state-supervised probation in the drownings of twin 2-year-olds under her care. News outlets report Jennifer Salley pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide…

Federal judge rules Tennessee abortion law unconstitutional

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period law for abortions is unconstitutional. In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Judge Bernard Freidman says the law “substantially burdens women seeking an abortion in Tennessee." Friedman…

Tennessee judge reprimanded for sexting women in his robes

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has been publicly reprimanded for engaging in sexually explicit communications with a woman who formerly had a child custody matter before him and another woman whose law firm does business with the judge’s…

In hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, residents dig out, again

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents are once again dodging overturned cars on the roads, trudging through knee-deep water to find their homes flooded and pledging to rebuild after Hurricane Delta blew through the besieged part of the state.…

Trump makes 1st public appearance since his hospital stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images: President Donald Trump speaks about law and…

Oct. 15 Presidential debate officially cancelled

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is officially off. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday that the Oct. 15 faceoff would be scrapped. The decision was made a day…

Next Trump-Biden debate thrown into uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final debates between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden have been thrown into uncertainty. The campaigns are offering dueling proposals for remaining faceoffs that have been upended by the president’s coronavirus infection. The nonpartisan Commission…

President Trump aims for Monday release from hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was hoping for a Monday discharge from the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19. This comes a day after he briefly ventured out while contagious to salute cheering supporters by…

Titans' outbreak now 18, with Bills' game possibly at risk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The positive test results keep coming for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL’s first outbreak of COVID-19. One game already has been postponed and another rescheduled. If the positive results don’t stop, the Titans’ next game,…

Trump going to hospital on advice of doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital on the advice of his physicians after contracting COVID-19. Trump is to depart the White House by helicopter early Friday evening…

Oops! Tennessee puts virus test supplies on an auction site

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say Tennessee accidentally listed 13 pallets of coronavirus testing materials and other supplies on an auction site. The Tennessean reports the state listed the items on GovDeals.com, a government liquidation website, but promptly removed them…

President Trump, Former VP Biden meet for first presidential debate

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden erupted in contentious exchanges Tuesday night over the coronavirus pandemic, job losses and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health…

Titans have NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak with 8 positives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The NFL says both the Titans and Vikings are suspending in-person…

Tennesseans with virus-susceptible roommates approved to vote by mail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Tennessee officials have already committed to let voters cast mail ballots if they live with people whose underlying health conditions make them more susceptible to COVID-19. On Friday, Davidson County Chancellor…

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide…

Tennessee forms commission to halt invasive Asian carp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order establishing the Asian Carp Advisory Commission. According to a news release, the group will provide advice on mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes…

Loaded guns found in carry-on bags at Tennessee airports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says loaded guns were found at security checkpoints at every major Tennessee airport during a seven-day period. From Sept. 13 through Sept. 20, the TSA says eight guns were found in carry-on…

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for…

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic…