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Tennessee bill letting faith-based entities decline adoptions advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee House panel has advanced a bill that would allow faith-based orphanages and child-placement organizations to decline adoptions or foster care based on religious beliefs, including opposition to LGBT parents. The House Children & Families…

Kim Kardashian West will cover released Tennessee prisoner's rent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Thanks to Kim Kardashian West, one of the first inmates released after federal sentencing reforms won't have to worry about rent for five years. Matthew Charles told The Tennessean last week that he couldn't find permanent…

Tennessee state veterinarian warns of equine influenza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's state veterinarian is warning horse owners to take precautions after the equine influenza virus was diagnosed in several horses returning from out-of-state events. According to the state Agriculture Department, equine influenza is highly contagious. The…

38 tornadoes confirmed in Southeast outbreak

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) --¬†Government surveys have confirmed at least 38 tornadoes touched down across the Southeast in a deadly weekend outbreak. National Weather Service teams surveying storm damage say tornadoes struck Sunday, March 3, in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South…

Tennessee advances bill banning fetal heartbeat abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee is the latest state to move closer to enacting one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. House lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected,…

Tennessee closed primary bill GOP backers voted in Dem races

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Republican Tennessee lawmakers sponsoring a bill to limit primary elections to registered party voters have each voted in a Democratic primary. The Tennessean reports that Rep. Andy Holt voted in a May 2006 local Democratic…

UTK takes action after recent blackface incident

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee has mandated training and put new policies in place in response to a recent blackface incident. Tennessee officials said last week they had learned about a Snapchat photo showing four individuals "we…

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