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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to allow time for consideration of arguments that he had poor legal representation during his trial and sentencing.

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee.

The debate Wednesday will take place at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Nexstar Media Group TV stations will broadcast the event live.

Bredesen and Blackburn previously faced off in a Sept. 25 debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and other dignitaries are expected to attend the unveiling of the $160 million Tennessee State Museum building Thursday.

It's the first time in the museum's 81-year history that it has its own building in Nashville. The museum was located in the War Memorial Building until it was moved to the James K. Polk Center in 1981.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.

Trump will be in Johnson City for the events Monday in support of Blackburn in her tight race against Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen. The rally will be Monday evening at Freedom Hall and tickets are available free online.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to substantially overhaul the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated for songs online is being sent to the president's desk for his signature.

Congress cleared the bill Tuesday, giving final passage to a rare bipartisan accord between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. It enjoyed wide support in both the House and Senate, and within the music industry.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

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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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