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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville’s music industry is asking state lawmakers to “reject” six pieces of legislation targeting the LGBTQ community.

Among the companies signing an open letter to legislators: Apple, Big Machine Label Group, Curb Records, Sony, Spotify, Warner and the Americana Music Association.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman says she called police about a physical fight involving her daughter and the girl’s boyfriend before he was fatally shot by officers in a high school bathroom.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Regina Perkins says she called police Monday on Anthony Thompson Jr. after the girl reported the scuffle.

Police say Thompson had a gun inside Austin-East Magnet High School in east Knoxville later that day. He was shot in a bathroom confrontation with officers. Perkins says Thompson and her daughter had dated for nine months.

vumc.org/activ2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — If you currently have COVID-19 you might consider signing up for a new Vanderbilt Medical Center research study.

The Activ-2 study is a nationwide effort to find medications that can help patients recover from the virus faster, or prevent serious illness that requires a hospital stay.

Adults 18 years and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, are not in the hospital, and are symptomatic are encouraged to register.

A Tennessee mayor has asked for the release of video footage of a shooting at a high school that left a student dead and a police officer wounded, but the local district attorney denied the request.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said on Twitter that she requested release of redacted video footage of Monday’s shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.

She said her request was denied by the district attorney, who told her the integrity of the investigation needed to be protected.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A spokesperson for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he plans to sign a bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out.

The bill cleared its last hurdle in the GOP-supermajority Legislature on Wednesday.

Supporters argued the bill strengthens parental rights, rebuffing concerns from opponents that it could further alienate already-marginalized students.

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