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Distrust of authority fuels virus misinformation for Latinos

Aug. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When Claudia Guzman suspected she had caught the coronavirus, her friends and family were full of advice: Don’t quarantine. Don’t get tested. A homemade tea will help cure you. “They were saying, ‘Don’t go to the hospital,’ because supposedly,...

3 charged in woman's death after dog attack in Tennessee

Aug. 13, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three relatives have been charged in a dog attack that resulted in the death of a Tennessee woman. The Shelby County district attorney's office said Wednesday that Phyllis Jones, her daughter Kimberly Jordan, and Jordan’s son, Dedricz Perry, have been indicted on reckless...

Tennessee state senator pleads not guilty to federal charges

Aug. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses. Democratic Sen. Katrina Robinson entered her plea Tuesday during an...

FILE - Curtis Watson, right, stands as a preliminary hearing is recessed in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, in Ripley, Tenn. Shernaye Johnson filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 suing the facility and its warden, seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the death of her mother, Debra Johnson. Curtis Ray Watson has been charged with raping and killing Johnson and escaping the prison on a tractor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Lawsuit filed in Tennessee prison administrator's killing

Aug. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a Tennessee corrections administrator who authorities say was killed during a prison escape has sued the facility and its warden for negligence in her death. Shernaye Johnson has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the...

Marquita Bradshaw speaks with the media after winning the Democratic Senate primary, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Ariel Cobbert/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw to visit every Tennessee county in Senate run

Aug. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw said Saturday that her campaign fundraising is in full swing and she plans to visit all 95 Tennessee counties as she tries to flip the seat from Republican to Democrat. Bradshaw won Thursday’s Democratic primary election in the contest to...

Memphis-based Radians sees face mask demand skyrocket

Aug. 8, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In an era of urgent need, Radians CEO Mike Tutor is glad to have much of the company’s protective gear made close to home. Radians is leaning on its North Carolina manufacturing facility to churn out more gaiter face coverings for COVID-19-driven demand. The company’s...

Marquita Bradshaw, environmental justice chair of the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group, speaks July 7, 2020, during a news conference in front of City Hall in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win over former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler in the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Max Gersh/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw overcomes odds to win Tenn. Senate nomination

Aug. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw just had to look at her parents for inspiration to become a community activist in Memphis, Tennessee. Bradshaw, who won Thursday’s Democratic primary election over a well-funded opponent in the contest to replace Republican U.S. Sen....

2 men charged in shooting death of Tennessee 6-year-old

Aug. 7, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two men were arrested in Tennessee on murder charges in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was inside his house getting ready to go to a birthday party, a prosecutor said Friday. Ronnekio Johnson and James Murphy were arrested Thursday by Memphis police after being indicted in the...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary races

Aug. 7, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The heated race to become the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat topped Tennessee's primary election Thursday, as well as contested challenges in a handful of U.S. House and legislative seats. Here is a summary of those offices on the ballot: U.S. Senate Republicans...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hagerty vs. Bradshaw in race to succeed US Sen. Alexander

Aug. 7, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in November will feature a matchup between a Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Black activist who pulled off an astonishing upset victory over the Democratic establishment's choice — with a...