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Slain UPS driver's family questions police response to chase

Dec. 6, 2019 5:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Relatives of a UPS driver killed after robbery suspects took him hostage on a wild police chase across South Florida questioned Friday why officers had to unleash a torrent of gunfire when the truck got stuck in rush-hour traffic. Both suspects, 41-year-old cousins Lamar Alexander and Ronnie...

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

Former Tennessee governors talk bipartisanship at forum

Nov. 5, 2019 11:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two prominent former Tennessee governors from separate political parties lamented on Tuesday the lack of bipartisanship in current politics and agreed that getting stuff done in government sometimes requires straying from the political party line. Govs. Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam...

Senate candidate Hagerty returning to investment firm

Nov. 5, 2019 4:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Bill Hagerty is rejoining a private investment firm after previously leaving the business to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. A Monday news release says that Hagerty will become a member of Hall Capital's automotive and private investment board. The...

Senate more partisan today than when Clinton faced trial

Nov. 5, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has long been a place of false gentility, where "my good friend" can be a euphemism for the opposite. Now, as the Senate prepares to consider an impeachment trial, the acidic tribal politics in the era of Donald Trump is stripping away the veneer of comity from a chamber that's...

Senate candidate Hagerty heaps praise on Trump at conference

Oct. 29, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty on Tuesday touted his staunch support of President Donald Trump, defending him from Democrats' impeachment efforts while heaping praise on the president for his handling of the economy and the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi....

Correction: Election 2020-Senate-Tennessee story

Oct. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Manny Sethi has loaned his campaign $1 million total. He has loaned his campaign $1.5 million total. A corrected version of the story is below: Prominent donors take sides in...

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

Oct. 17, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee. The Jackson Sun reports Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced last month that a Senate committee had approved $25 million to fight the invasive fish. That marks a $14 million increase from last year....

Sethi: 'Let 'em try' calling him a racist in new Senate ad

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidate Manny Sethi is daring the public to call him a racist for his position on immigration in the first television advertisement in Tennessee's 2020 Senate election. Sethi's campaign unveiled the ad on Tuesday, where it'll be aired statewide in Tennessee and in...

Retiring Republicans show no signs, yet, of fleeing Trump

Oct. 11, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans eager for a united GOP front will be eyeing retiring lawmakers for signs of cracking as Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump heats up. So far, there's no indication that the retirees are about to crack. Party leaders got a positive signal this week from...