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4 deputies on leave, 2 recovering after Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County sheriff says four deputies have been placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of a man wanted on an attempted murder warrant. Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said Friday that the deputies…

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. Beginning Monday, attorneys for five of the state's…

Tennessee man sues after surviving police shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man who survived a shooting by police during a traffic stop alleges in a lawsuit that officers were told to turn off body cameras during the incident. Authorities say Martavious Banks ran from a…

Appeals court upholds diversion denial for former bus driver

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee appeals court has upheld a decision to deny diversion to a former school bus driver convicted of charges including negligent homicide in a 2016 crash that killed six children. News outlets report the ruling…

Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the entitlement program that provides health care services to low-income and…

Tennessee unveils voucher rules, prepping for 2020 rollout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Top education officials say they are preparing to implement Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law a full year ahead of schedule while unveiling key requirements surrounding the closely-watched program. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed…

Tennessee appeals court says opioid producers can be sued

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against opioid makers can move forward, overturning a lower court that had dismissed the claims. At issue is whether Tennessee's Drug Dealer Liability Act applies to…

University of Tennessee offers scholarship to bullied fan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Florida fourth-grader who was bullied over his homemade University of Tennessee shirt has been offered a four-year scholarship to the school. School officials said Thursday the boy's scholarship would cover tuition and fees beginning in…

FBI seeks to ID man in sexual exploitation investigation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking the public to help identify a man who may have information in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. The man may have critical information regarding the identity of a child…

Nonprofit protests baptisms on Tennessee high school's field

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- A nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state has filed a formal complaint about baptisms on the football field of a Tennessee high school. The Tennessean reports the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote…

Audit: TVA execs overspent on travel expenses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit has found instances where executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general's report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016…

Memphis officer suspended, charged with DUI after crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Memphis say an officer has been suspended after he was charged with DUI after crashing his car into a building while off duty. Memphis police said Sgt. Thomas Berryhill was arrested Saturday afternoon on…

Tennessee speaker floats cutting state funds to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is warning Nashville officials that he might attempt to withhold state funding due to the city's recent executive order discouraging local cooperation with immigration officials. Sexton, a Republican, first made the…

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