Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee says pair gave incorrect execution drug testimony

Jan. 26, 2023 17:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two of the people most responsible for overseeing Tennessee’s lethal injection drugs "incorrectly testified" under oath that they were testing the chemicals for bacterial contamination, the state attorney general’s office conceded in a court filing. The...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

State lawmakers: Teach 'American exceptionalism' in schools

Jan. 23, 2023 18:02 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A group of South Dakota lawmakers pushed forward an initiative on Monday that offers an optional social studies curriculum for K-12 and university students rooted in “American exceptionalism” and the founding ideals of the U.S. Programs offering similar...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

Tennessee cuts HIV program with Planned Parenthood ties

Jan. 20, 2023 17:38 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee health officials attempted to oust Planned Parenthood from a program designed to prevent and treat HIV before eventually deciding to forgo federal funding for the program, despite warnings that doing so will have a devastating impact on marginalized...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 19, 2023 18:37 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 12, 2023. Editorial: New laws going into effect in Tennessee, Virginia The new year brings tax relief to some Tennessee farmers and a raise for Virginia minimum-wage workers. New state laws go into effect either Jan. 1, or July 1, and...

2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted

Jan. 19, 2023 17:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following a scathing independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly...

US divided over Roe's repeal as abortion foes gird for march

Jan. 18, 2023 12:52 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists will have multiple reasons to celebrate — and some reasons for unease — when they gather Friday in Washington for the annual March for Life. The march, which includes a rally drawing abortion opponents from across the nation, has been held annually since...

Officer discipline planned over Tennessee driver's death

Jan. 16, 2023 16:39 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say officers in Memphis face disciplinary action after a 29-year-old Black driver died following a traffic stop. Tyre D. Nichols' death earlier this month has sparked outrage in the community, with relatives accusing police of beating...

Tennessee GOP split over adding exceptions to abortion ban

Jan. 14, 2023 07:50 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For months, Tennessee's Republican leaders have maintained that the state's abortion ban — known as one of the strictest in the U.S. — allows doctors to perform the procedure, should they need to in order to save the patient's life, even though the statute doesn't...