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Tennessee governor candidates remain cordial in final debate

Oct. 12, 2018 10:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No fireworks. No barbs. No swipes. That was the tone of Tennessee's third and final gubernatorial debate on Thursday. But in a race that has struggled to find air up against Tennessee's competitive and tense U.S. Senate race, Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean were content...

AG: Supreme Court can set new execution date after reprieve

Oct. 12, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III says nothing is stopping the state Supreme Court from setting a new execution date once the 10-day reprieve expires for death row inmate Edmund Zagorski. Slatery sent a notice to the high court on Friday. A day before, Gov. Bill...

Tennessee sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be laid to rest

Oct. 12, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Remains of a sailor killed during World War II are being returned home to Tennessee for burial. Gov. Bill Haslam's office says Navy Seaman 2nd Class William Campbell of Elizabethton was serving on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when the Hawaii base was attacked by Japan on Dec. 7,...

Supreme Court rejects Tennessee death row inmate efforts

Oct. 11, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch efforts to save the life of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, apparently clearing the way for his execution despite a delay caused by legal wrangling. The court rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and...

The Latest: US Supreme Court rules in Tennessee execution

Oct. 11, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and lifted a stay of execution ordered by a lower court because of inadequate...

Appeals court stays execution of Tennessee death row inmate

Oct. 10, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to allow time for consideration of arguments that he had poor legal representation during his trial and sentencing. In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S....

Tennessee editorial roundup

Oct. 10, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 7 The Johnson City Press says the governor's race should not play second fiddle to the Senate race: With all the attention focused on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, voters easily could let interest wane in the state's other essential contest. President Donald...

Tennessee gives grants to fix up building facades in cities

Oct. 10, 2018 5:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials have approved $550,000 for improvements to commercial building facades in six Tennessee cities. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and economic development commissioner Bob Rolfe said Tuesday that the grants are used to improve commercial buildings in downtown districts....

Tennessee governor candidates square off in second debate

Oct. 9, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Tuesday he would happily sign Medicaid expansion into law in Tennessee, while his opponent Republican Bill Lee countered he would oppose such efforts. The two top candidates detailed their positions during the second gubernatorial...

Lawyer: Tennessee rejects inmate's request for electrocution

Oct. 9, 2018 9:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has denied the request by Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski to die in the electric chair, his attorney says, and plans to proceed with plans to execute him Thursday by lethal injection. Kelley Henry, Zagorski's attorney, said she was considering legal options...