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A member of the Minnesota National Guard stands guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, May 29, 2020. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he asked the Minnesota National Guard to be responsible for the safety of the State Capitol. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

The Latest: Trump says he spoke with Floyd's family members

May. 29, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times local): 5:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he talked to members of George Floyd’s family on Friday and “expressed my sorrow.”...

Protesters kneel in front of the Union Avenue police station in Memphis, Tenn., during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP)

Memphis police to investigate incident at Floyd protest

May. 29, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are investigating whether an officer broke any rules after a video surfaced of a woman being knocked to the ground during a protest related to the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer...

Lee to require COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities

May. 29, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's administration announced Friday that long-term care facilities will soon be required to test all of their residents and staff for COVID-19 after initially just urging nursing homes to do so. According to Lee's office, the Healthcare Facilities Board unanimously...

This image provided by the Roane County Jail shows Michael Anthony Gray Sr. Gray and his wife, Shirley Ann Gray, face charges after police found the skeletal remains of a girl buried in their yard. The Roane County, Tenn., couple, arrested on Monday, May 25, 2020, are charged with aggravated child abuse, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated child neglect and abuse of a corpse, authorities said.  (Roane County Jail via AP)

Warrant: Police find remains of second child in yard

May. 29, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The remains of a second child that belonged to a Tennessee couple facing abuse charges have been found buried in a yard, court records said. A search warrant affidavit says police recovered the remains of a boy from a Knox County property where Michael and Shirley Gray lived until...

Lee asks state agencies to cut budgets by 12%

May. 29, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has asked all state agencies to find ways to slash their budgets by 12% and submit their new proposals by the end of June. Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley told lawmakers of the governor's latest budget instructions on Thursday. The...

Officers form a line in front of a police precinct Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn., during a protest over the death of George Floyd in police custody earlier in the week in in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Protest of Minneapolis man's death blocks Memphis street

May. 28, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The mayor of Memphis said Thursday that he shares the frustration of protesters angry with the death of a handcuffed black man during a confrontation with a white police officer in Minnesota. But Mayor Jim Strickland said he wishes more people would have observed coronavirus-related...

Lee appoints new judge to appeals court

May. 28, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that he appointed Kristi M. Davis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. “Kristi Davis has an extensive background in civil cases as both an attorney and judge, and she will be an exceptional addition to the Court of Appeals,” Lee...

People walk by Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, closed because of the coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville Mayor John Cooper has called for bars on Broadway and throughout the county to close until further notice. He also asked restaurants to limit seating to 50 percent of capacity, with a cap of 100 people, and restaurant bars to not allow standing. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville still providing COVID-19 data to first responders

May. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top health officials say Thursday that Nashville will continue providing private medical data of COVID-19 patients to first responders despite the state's recently determining doing so created a false sense of security for those on the front line. Gov. Bill Lee's administration...

Tennessee vote-by-mail case ruling expected next week

May. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge expects to rule next Thursday on whether to order a temporary injunction to let all voters cast ballots by mail in the August primary due to the coronavirus pandemic. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle set the deadline during a video conference hearing...

Regents to consider new president for Jackson State CC

May. 28, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents has called a special meeting to discuss the appointment of a new president for Jackson State Community College. The board that oversees Tennessee's community colleges and applied technology colleges said in a news release that the online meeting is...