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Federal appeals court says there is no fundamental right to change one's sex on a birth certificate

Jul. 12, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled 2-1 on Friday that Tennessee does not unconstitutionally discriminate against transgender people by not allowing them to change the sex designation on their birth certificates. “There is no fundamental right to a birth...

US Transportation Department to invest nearly $400 million for new Interstate 55 bridge in Memphis

Jul. 12, 2024 17:48 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing nearly $400 million to build a new Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas across the Mississippi River, replacing the existing 75-year-old span, officials said Friday. In separate news...

Dollar General agrees to pay $12 million fine to settle alleged workplace safety violations

Jul. 11, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General has agreed to pay a $12 million fine and improve conditions at its thousands of retail stores nationwide to make them safer for workers, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. The discount retailer and the Occupational Safety and Health...

Tennessee sheriff pleads not guilty to using prison labor for personal profit

Jul. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sitting Tennessee sheriff pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without permission. Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas...

Fort Campbell soldier found dead in home was stabbed nearly 70 times, autopsy shows

Jul. 10, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Fort Campbell soldier found dead in her home earlier this year died of nearly 70 stab wounds, according to an autopsy report. No arrests have been made in the death of 23-year-old Pfc. Katia Dueñas Aguilar, whose body was found in her Tennessee home...

Appeals panel keeps 21-month sentence for ex-Tennessee lawmaker who tried to withdraw guilty plea

Jul. 09, 2024 12:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals panel is keeping a 21-month prison sentence in place for a former Tennessee state senator who tried to withdraw his guilty plea on campaign finance law violations. The ruling Monday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focuses on the...

3 killed when small plane crashes in western North Carolina mountains, officials say

Jul. 08, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

MARION, N.C. (AP) — Three people were killed when a small plane crashed in western North Carolina, officials said Monday. McDowell County Emergency Management said in a statement that emergency personnel responding to a report of a missing small plane found the downed aircraft near...

Judge says Nashville school shooter's writings can't be released as victims' families have copyright

Jul. 05, 2024 16:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The writings of the person who killed three 9-year-olds and three adults at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville last year cannot be released to the public, a judge ruled. Chancery Court Judge I’Ashea Myles found that The Covenant School...

Federal judge sentences 4 anti-abortion activists for a 2021 Tennessee clinic blockade

Jul. 03, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four anti-abortion activists who were convicted in January on felony conspiracy charges for their roles in a 2021 Tennessee clinic blockade were sentenced this week to terms ranging from 6 months in prison to three years of supervised release. The sentences were below...

Judge temporarily blocks Biden administration's restoration of transgender health protections

Jul. 03, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A federal district court judge on Wednesday temporarily halted parts of a nondiscrimination rule that would have kept insurers and medical professionals from denying hormone therapy, gender transition surgeries and similar medical care for transgender people. ...