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FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, listens to the testimony during a House subcommittee hearing in Nashville, Tenn.  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to Lynn's re-election campaign after she used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory. That's according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and online posts by Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

Sep. 19, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. The corporate...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Lee on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, would not say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Lee chides Nashville's virus relief spending, restrictions

Sep. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday criticized Nashville's use of coronavirus relief funds as the city seeks additional financial help in its response to the pandemic. Lee chided Nashville Mayor John Cooper for not prioritizing small businesses and urged the city to focus remaining...

Tennessee defends abortion reversal law in legal challenge

Sep. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law requiring doctors to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be reversed is critical for women who may change their minds halfway through the procedure, the state's top legal chief said. Last month, abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit arguing the newly...

Lawmakers: Extra step to move state Capitol Confederate bust

Sep. 16, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top Republican lawmakers contend efforts to remove the bust of an early Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate general from the Capitol require a third level of approval. A letter last week from House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Senate Speaker Randy McNally to the...

Tennessee lands $7M federal grant for rail project

Sep. 11, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has landed a $7 million federal grant to help build a rail connection in the state’s most economically disadvantaged county. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says the Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help construct...

1st Tennessee attorney permanently disbarred under new rule

Sep. 11, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a Dickson County attorney under new rules that prevent him from ever practicing law in Tennessee again. Jackie Garton was convicted of stealing more than $1 million from a trust belonging to the 14-year-old daughter of a Tennessee...

Tennessee to use virus relief dollars to train more police

Sep. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will funnel $300,000 of federal coronavirus relief money to help cover the cost of 90 additional police cadet scholarships as part of Gov. Bill Lee's initiative to strengthen policing. The announcement comes as advocates across the nation have called for systemic reforms...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...

Tennessee reports at least 756 coronavirus cases at schools

Sep. 9, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee reported on Wednesday that 756 students and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus at schools across the state, with more than half the districts reporting. Data on cases across all districts was supposed to be released Tuesday but was delayed because of technical...