From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a failed challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program by Tennessee’s Republican-led Legislature.

The court filed its denial earlier this week, letting a lower court ruling stand.

The Legislature asked the court to consider their challenge, which claimed the state shouldn’t be forced to spend money on Medicaid and other services for refugees.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The White House quietly told Tennessee early this week that a statewide mask mandate “must be implemented” to curb its growing spread of COVID-19.

The White House and Republican Gov. Bill Lee did not discuss the recommendations publicly before a report emerged in a records request and was first reported by WUOT-FM.

Lee has let counties decide whether to require masks in public.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in rural and urban areas, including a 93% increase among Nashville school-aged children since September.


Nashville public schools returned to in-person classes this week.


Metro health officials said Thursday it's possible the increase extends to school children's families. Cases among those 35 to 44 years old are up 27.3% and up 32.5% among 45- to 54-year-olds.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel won't change Tennessee's signature matching requirement for voting by mail ahead of the November election.


Three judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split on the decision Thursday, which upholds a lower court's ruling.


For the majority, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons wrote that there is no evidence anyone's constitutional rights are likely to be infringed by Tennessee's signature verification procedures.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 20% of Tennessee’s Black adults cannot vote due to a felony conviction, while an estimated 8% of the state’s overall adult population is disenfranchised, according to a newly released report.


The report, compiled by nonprofit The Sentencing Project, dropped earlier this week ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.