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Official: State still can inoculate kids without parental OK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top health official has dialed back claims by lawmakers that state health clinicians won’t follow a decades-old policy letting providers vaccinate certain minors without parental consent. Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters Friday the Mature…

I-40 bridge in Tennessee likely won't reopen until August

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation now says it will likely be early August before the Interstate 40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee can reopen to traffic. The Hernando DeSoto Bridge (Photo courtesy:…

Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site

MIAMI (AP) — Firefighters have officially ended their search for bodies in the debris of the collapsed Surfside condo building. The decision concludes a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high.…

Ex-airman: Guilt over drone strikes prompted to leak secrets

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst says his guilt over participating in lethal drone strikes in Afghanistan led him to leak government secrets about the drone program to a reporter. Daniel Hale of Nashville, is scheduled…

Tennessee panel picks 3 options to fill judicial vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has sent Gov. Bill Lee three options to fill a judicial vacancy that covers five counties. A news release says the candidates for the 25th Judicial District circuit court opening are James Walter…

Bedford Forrest bust officially leaving TN Capitol after vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A decades-long effort to remove a bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the Tennessee Capitol has cleared its final hurdle. State leaders on Thursday approved the final vote needed to…

US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years. The Centers…

Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke' into East Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West shrouded the sky and led to air quality alerts on parts of the East Coast. [field59_video account="WBBJ" key="316c9c94a31f2f5263f2a1c553e53049cec1d8d5" vtitle="Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke'…

Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: 'Best day ever!'

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos has made it into space, riding his own company's rocket. It was Blue Origin's first flight with people on board after 15 test flights. [field59_video account="WBBJ" key="786b9b170b836c87825bbba47d6d1791a001fa5e" vtitle="Jeff Bezos blasts into space on…

Third Tennessee child dies from accidental shooting

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating after a 6-year-old boy died in what they described as an accidental shooting. News outlets report that Sumner County Sheriff’s office said that deputies responded to a report that a young…