AP Top Tennessee Headlines at 9:50 p.m. EDT

Resolution honoring Klan leader denounced as 'underhanded'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After voting unanimously for a resolution honoring a Confederate general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, Tennessee lawmakers denounced the measure Thursday and said they were tricked into supporting it....

Tennessee Senate OKs bill LGBT groups deemed discriminatory
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Words in state law must be interpreted as having "natural and ordinary meaning" under a bill passed by the Tennessee Senate on Thursday. Critics call it a sneaky way of encouraging state judges to deny rights to same-sex couples and transgender people....

Nashville mayor commits to light rail, pushes transit vote
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has committed to a starting a light rail project in hopes of clearing some congestion in the growing city....

Candidates vie for seat left open after harassment probe
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Voters were deciding Thursday which Republican and Democratic candidates will vie for a Tennessee House seat left empty by a rookie lawmaker who resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation....

Senate to vote on criminal records bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Senate could be voting on a bill on Thursday that would make it easier for people with low-level criminal convictions to get their records wiped clean....

Democratic governor joins GOP counterpart on free tuition
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's Democratic governor has invited a Republican counterpart to help make the case for her plan to provide free tuition for two years at public colleges....

Correction: Confederate General-Tennessee story
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- In a story April 26 about a resolution honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Associated Press reported erroneously the function of a building at Middle Tennessee State University named after the Confederate general. It is an ROTC center, not a dorm....