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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.

The Senate cleared a bill late Tuesday that creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee NAACP and clergy are calling for greater police accountability after authorities said a 25-year-old man was fatally shot by a Nashville police officer.

Gloria J. Sweet-Love of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP said Monday that the group wants a fair investigation into the Thursday death of Daniel Hambrick as well as solutions to address broader policing issues. The Tennessean reports the creation of a community oversight board to examine police misconduct claims are among their specific requests.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acclaimed singer-songwriters including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle will lead a five-city concert series to support families who have been separated at the border due to immigration policies put into place by the Trump administration.

 

The Women's Refugee Commission announced "The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families," will also feature Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs and Graham Nash.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's use of controversial drugs to execute inmates after a challenge by 33 inmates on death row.

Kelley Henry, one of the lawyers representing the inmates, said the plaintiffs will appeal.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's biggest health insurers are cutting the premiums for individual plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange market for the first time.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are following a federal court order by reinstating and reissuing licenses for free for drivers who lost them solely because of unpaid court debts.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Megan Buell said drivers with any other revocations or suspensions that weren't squarely due to unpaid court debts must first address those.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday's ruling will help local businesses compete on an even tax playing field with out-of-state companies. He said the administration is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.

A legal challenge was filed last year after Haslam moved to make major online vendors collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.

Sen. Lamar Alexander called the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.

In April, Alexander opposed Trump's budget proposal idea of possibly selling TVA assets.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

In a news release Thursday, the influential gun rights group's Political Victory Fund said Black is the only Tennessee gubernatorial candidate with an "A'' rating and a "perfect record" on Second Amendment issues.

NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris Cox said Black has never wavered in the fight to expand and protect Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

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DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A woman accused of being an accomplice in the killing of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy says she didn't know the man she was with had a gun and she stayed quiet during the shooting out of fear.

Erika Castro-Miles told WKRN-TV from jail Monday that Steven Wiggins was high, beating her and threatening to kill her and her children.

Castro-Miles and Wiggins are both charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Dickson County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker, who died while investigating a suspicious car report. Both have pleaded not guilty.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A district attorney's office in Tennessee says it won't seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September.

Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk's office announced its plans Thursday to instead seek a sentence of life without parole for 26-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.

He faces a 43-count indictment in the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting in Nashville, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation charges.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A suspect told detectives Wednesday that he killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee earlier in the week, and the hatchet, a large knife and blood were still in his car, according to Nashville police.

The admission by 36-year-old suspect Domenic Micheli follows his capture in Kentucky by state police the night before.

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DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Services are set this week for a Tennessee sheriff's sergeant who was fatally shot while responding to a call.

According to Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson, Sgt. Daniel Baker's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Dickson.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 32-year-old Baker was found dead in his patrol car Wednesday after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has announced the capture of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

The TBI tweeted photos on Friday of a handcuffed Steven Joshua Wiggins, grimacing as he was placed into the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle. His clothes were muddy and his jeans were ripped open.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of being an "MS-13 lover" and dismissed a Democratic Senate candidate as a "tool" of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a line of attack likely to become familiar as he boosts Republican congressional candidates ahead of midterm elections.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University's chancellor received a nearly $3 million bonus in 2016 following rounds of layoffs and budget cuts at the private school.

The Tennessean reports Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was credited with $4.3 million in total compensation in 2016, including a $2.9 million bonus. The financial information is based on Vanderbilt tax returns provided in response to a request, the newspaper said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville officials say streets will be closing in anticipation of a visit by President Donald Trump.

Trump will be in Nashville today for a 7 p.m. rally and will headline a fundraiser earlier in the day for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate bid.

The city said Fifth Avenue from Charlotte Avenue to James Robertson Parkway, and Gay Street from Fifth Avenue to James Robertson Parkway will close at 9 a.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has declared victory after an election to serve out the term vacated by former Mayor Megan Barry, who pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned after an extramarital affair with her bodyguard.

In Thursday's special election, Briley was leading with nearly 55 percent of the vote in a 13-candidate field, likely avoiding a runoff. Briley became mayor in March after Barry's resignation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Nashville this coming Tuesday.

 Trump will headline a fundraiser for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid the same day.

The rally will take place on the evening of May 29 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are available online .

The event will mark the fifth rally Trump has held in Tennessee and the third in the Nashville area since he began running for president in June 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Parole is divided on whether to release a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

Two members of the board voted Wednesday to release Cyntoia Brown, two denied her request for clemency, and two said she should serve 25 years of her sentence. A seventh board member was not present. The decision will ultimately be up to Gov. Bill Haslam

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has been removed as president of a Texas seminary following allegations that he made abusive and demeaning comments to women.

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees said in a statement that 75-year-old Paige Patterson was removed Wednesday following a 13-hour meeting.

The statement says the board decided to "to move in the direction of new leadership."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has added a long-debated $125 million flood protection system for the downtown area to the city's proposed capital improvements budget.

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