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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee residents braced for more possible flooding as a second storm system with heavy rains headed through the state.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning for most of Tennessee along with parts of surrounding states.

Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is predicted in Middle Tennessee, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

Storms dumped more than 7 inches of rain last weekend in Nashville, the second-highest two-day rainfall ever recorded.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will soon be able to sign off on his proposal to let most adults 21 and older to carry handguns — concealed or openly — without a license that presently requires a background check and training.

Republican lawmakers in the supermajority finished their work on the bill Monday and it passed the House by a 64-29 vote. The Senate already approved the bill earlier this month.

Some Republicans voted against the measure. Opponents of the bill include influential law enforcement entities.

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A federal judge has authorized the release of a Georgia woman and her Tennessee son on charges for their involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the Capitol with her son, Eric Munchel, who was photographed carrying flexible plastic handcuffs in the Senate chamber.

A judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday authorized the release of Eisenhart and Munchel to third-party custodians.

They will be placed on home confinement along with other conditions.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is reviving a proposal to put $250 million into a trust fund that would help expand mental health services for school-aged children.

The Republican announced the plan Monday at a news conference alongside fellow GOP leaders in the Legislature.

Lee proposed the idea in early 2020, but removed it and other items from his budget plan when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new diversionary court program in Tennessee’s capital city is aiming to help keep tenants at risk of eviction from facing harsh legal consequences and charges on their records.

The Tennessean reports that Nashville Judge Rachel Bell worked with the Metropolitan Action Commission to launch the Housing Resource Diversionary Court late last month.

The initiative comes as the Biden administration announced Monday that a pandemic-related executive order extending federal renter protections has been extended for a third time.

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