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Speaker scandal revives scrutiny of Tennessee lawmakers

May. 18, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As calls for the Tennessee House speaker's resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The turmoil — just...

Tennessee gov appeals federal denial of individual flood aid

May. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has filed an appeal after the federal government denied his request for individual aid for residents in five counties battered by flooding and severe storms. A news release from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the counties that were denied the...

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

May. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July. House Speaker Glen Casada accepted Chief of Staff...

The Latest: Spokesman: House speaker ethics report not final

May. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an ethics review of Tennessee's House speaker (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A Republican House spokesman says Speaker Glen Casada has not seen an ethics panel's work that another lawmaker has accused him of rigging. The statement responds to Republican Rep. Mike...

GOP rep: Embattled House speaker tried to rig ethics review

May. 17, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says Tennessee GOP House Speaker Glen Casada tried to "rig and predetermine" an ethics review regarding his mounting scandals. He's requesting Casada's leadership resignation. In a statement Thursday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Ethics Committee member...

Man executed for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

May. 16, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Don Johnson, 68, was executed via lethal injection inside a maximum-security Nashville prison for the 1984 suffocation of his...

The Latest: Lawyer believes Tennessee inmate suffered

May. 16, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Tennessee man who suffocated his wife (all times local): 9:15 p.m. A lawyer for a Tennessee inmate who was executed by lethal injection says she believes he suffered excruciating pain during the process. Kelley Henry said after the...

Embattled Tennessee speaker faces election complaint

May. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker is now being accused of violating the state's election laws after spending the past two weeks facing a long list of other scandals surrounding his office. Social media advertisements paid for by Republican Speaker Glen Casada's political action...

Residents sue Tennessee city over code violations court

May. 16, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Residents of Nashville, Tennessee, are suing to close the city's environmental code enforcement court, saying it was improperly implemented and unfairly affects poor citizens. The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the city and state Attorney General Herbert...

House GOP caucus to meet to discuss embattled speaker

May. 15, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Republicans have scheduled a closed door meeting to discuss the future of Tennessee's embattled House speaker. House GOP spokesman Doug Kufner says the caucus will meet Monday to decide whether they still have confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada. A location has not yet...