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Hawk announces Tennessee House speaker bid in contested race

Aug. 16, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Rep. David Hawk has announced that he is running for state House speaker, setting up a contested race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell. Hawk confirmed his candidacy in a news conference Wednesday. The Greeneville lawmaker mentioned that he opposed Republican Gov....

Court rules Tennessee probation overhaul unconstitutional

Aug. 15, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that Gov. Bill Haslam's overhaul of the state's probation system is unconstitutional, saying it violates defendant's rights. The Tennessean reports the court also ruled Tuesday that the overhaul encroaches on judicial powers by allowing probation...

Security costs for Florida Gov. Rick Scott rise again

Aug. 15, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida taxpayers are spending millions to guard Gov. Rick Scott and provide security for visiting politicians. A new report released Wednesday showed that the state spent $3.3 million on security expenses between July 2017 and June 2018. Most of that total was to provide...

Ex-Pilot Flying J president gets sentencing delay

Aug. 14, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president of the nation's largest fuel retailer has been given a delay in sentencing for his conviction in a scheme to defraud trucking companies. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports an August sentencing hearing for former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood was...

Tennessee high court fast-tracks lethal injection challenge

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs. After the move Monday, Justice Sharon Lee warned in her dissent that the court's review shouldn't be "so hurried that it is meaningless" in an apparent effort to clear the...

New Tennessee State Museum to open on Oct. 4

Aug. 14, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new Tennessee State Museum is slated to open to the public on Oct. 4. A news release from the museum said grand opening events will take place throughout that weekend. The new museum located at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is expected to host more than 220,000 visitors...

Grand jury finds no violation of law by ex-acting TBI chief

Aug. 10, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury investigating use of state funds by the former acting director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found no law was violated. Jason Locke stepped down as interim leader in June amid the investigation. Locke had been a finalist for the permanent post, but Gov....

Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Aug. 9, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security...

The Latest: Inmate just before execution: 'I'm really sorry'

Aug. 9, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Tennessee inmate Billy Ray Irick (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Witnesses to Tennessee's first execution in nearly a decade say inmate Billy Ray Irick at first signaled he would have no last words, but then gave a brief statement to those watching....

Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

Aug. 8, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change. Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection with Tennessee's new three-drug cocktail for his...