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3 council members want Nashville police chief to resign

Jun. 5, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several council members in Tennessee have called for the resignation of a police chief after warrants were issued for two community activists and then later rescinded. Metro Council member Freddie O’Connell on Thursday urged Nashville Mayor John Cooper to request the...

Tennessee official: Don't send forms yet for expanded voting

Jun. 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s election coordinator told his local counterparts Friday not to send absentee voting applications to some Tennesseans just yet, guidance issued the day after a court ordered that all 4.1 million registered voters can vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. In...

Rand Paul endorses Sethi in Tennessee GOP US Senate bid

Jun. 5, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul endorsed Manny Sethi on Friday in his Republican bid for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. Sethi’s campaign announced the endorsement in the contested race to replace Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is retiring. Sethi’s main opponent is...

FILE - In this undated file photo, then Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson sits behind his desk at the Mississippi County Detention Center in Charleston, Mo. The Missouri NAACP and black lawmakers are calling for a new investigation into the 2017 death of Tory Sanders. Sanders was being held at the Mississippi County Jail, in Charleston, and the sheriff at the time, Hutcheson, was accused of pressing his knee against Sanders' neck for up to three minutes. (Leonna Heuring/Sikeston Standard Democrat via AP, File)

Comparisons drawn between Floyd's death and Missouri case

Jun. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri NAACP and black lawmakers on Friday urged a new investigation into the death of an African American jail inmate who died in 2017 in a similar circumstance to George Floyd — with a white law enforcement officer's knee on his neck. Tory Sanders, 28, died at the...

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals to livestream June 9

Jun. 5, 2020 3:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals will begin offering a livestream of oral arguments during in-person proceedings next week in Nashville. A news release from the court says the June 9 livestream will be available on the TNCourts.gov YouTube page. The current judicial...

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, left, attends a House session, in Nashville, Tenn. Hargett, who had previously argued the original 2019 voter registration law would bolster election security, is submitting a separate bill in 2020 that will criminalize “intentional dissemination of misinformation” surrounding the qualifications to vote, voter registration requirements, voter eligibility and polling dates, times and locations. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Judge: Tennessee must allow vote by mail for all amid virus

Jun. 4, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state's limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

High court won't take over Tennessee voucher lawsuit

Jun. 4, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highest court declined Thursday to take up an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of a school voucher program that would let parents use public tax dollars for private school tuition. Voucher supporters had hoped the Tennessee Supreme Court would reach down and...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tennessee gov proposes $284M more in budget cuts next year

Jun. 4, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is proposing another $284 million in budget cuts next year due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican’s team said Thursday the cuts would be in addition to $397 million in recurring costs removed...

Southern Baptists see 13th year of membership decline

Jun. 4, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination is almost 2% smaller than it was in 2018. The Southern Baptist Convention released its 2019 membership numbers on Thursday, showing a membership decline of more than 287,000. That brings their total membership down from 14.8 million in...

As businesses reopen, Tennessee unemployment still high

Jun. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee delivered unemployment payments to more than 314,000 people last week, as the number of new jobless claims continued to run much higher than normal during the response to the new coronavirus outbreak. Stay-at-home orders from Gov. Bill Lee and city and county officials in...