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Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Feb. 03, 2023 18:58 PM EST

Johnson City Press. January 29, 2023. Editorial: State is playing terrible games with HIV funding By rejecting federal aid for HIV prevention, our leaders in Tennessee are once again cutting off the state’s nose to spite our face. In the latest round...

Gov. Lee appoints Dwight Tarwater to Tennessee Supreme Court

Feb. 02, 2023 16:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday announced that he's selected his predecessor's one-time lead legal counsel, Dwight Tarwater, to serve on the state's highest court. Tarwater will replace outgoing Justice Sharon Lee upon her retirement on Aug. 31. Justice Lee...

Arkansas House passes school bathroom bill, heads to Senate

Feb. 01, 2023 18:01 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House on Wednesday approved legislation preventing transgender people at public schools from using bathrooms that match their gender identity, while a legislative panel endorsed a measure restricting drag performances in the state. The bills...

Tennessee advances legislation to ban trans youth care

Jan. 31, 2023 17:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-dominant Legislature on Tuesday advanced a handful of proposals that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth and severely limit where drag shows can take place. The push in Tennessee comes as state lawmakers across the...

Tennessee says pair gave incorrect execution drug testimony

Jan. 26, 2023 17:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two of the people most responsible for overseeing Tennessee’s lethal injection drugs "incorrectly testified" under oath that they were testing the chemicals for bacterial contamination, the state attorney general’s office conceded in a court filing. The...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

State lawmakers: Teach 'American exceptionalism' in schools

Jan. 23, 2023 18:02 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A group of South Dakota lawmakers pushed forward an initiative on Monday that offers an optional social studies curriculum for K-12 and university students rooted in “American exceptionalism” and the founding ideals of the U.S. Programs offering similar...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

Tennessee cuts HIV program with Planned Parenthood ties

Jan. 20, 2023 17:38 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee health officials attempted to oust Planned Parenthood from a program designed to prevent and treat HIV before eventually deciding to forgo federal funding for the program, despite warnings that doing so will have a devastating impact on marginalized...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 19, 2023 18:37 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 12, 2023. Editorial: New laws going into effect in Tennessee, Virginia The new year brings tax relief to some Tennessee farmers and a raise for Virginia minimum-wage workers. New state laws go into effect either Jan. 1, or July 1, and...