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Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, announces during a news conference, Wednesday, Spet. 30, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn., that the NASCAR Cup series auto race scheduled at the track for March 28, 2021 will be run on dirt. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

NASCAR at long last adds schedule variety with 2021 changes

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After two decades of the same left turns at the same tracks over and over again, NASCAR finally upended its stagnant calendar with a 2021 schedule that is as radical as the sport has ever seen. Three new venues. A dirt race for the first time in more than 50 years. And a whopping six...

Gov. Roy Cooper removes his mask before answering a reporter's question during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: North Dakota targeting coronavirus hotspots

Sep. 30, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota marketing agency is rolling out a campaign meant to help stem the tide of rising COVID-19 cases in central North Dakota as the state ranks among the worst in the nation in new cases per capita. Agency MABU was hired by a governor’s task force in two counties and has...

A cyclist passes by Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have at least one more day to see if the team’s coronavirus outbreak is under control before their game with the Steelers is rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday. Only one new positive test result came back Wednesday, a day after the Titans had three players...

FILE - Musician Mac Davis performs at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter,   died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. He was 78. Davis started his career writing hits for Presley, including “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto.” The Lubbock, Texas-native had a varied career over the years as a singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named ACM entertainer of the year in 1974 after the success of songs like “Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me.” (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

Sep. 30, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was 78. His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) is tackled by Texas Tech's Adrian Frye (7) short of the goal line during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

College Football Picks: Another week of Big 12 upset alerts

Sep. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

In recent years, the Big 12 has been at once completely stable and highly volatile. Oklahoma has won five straight conference championships, losing one game in league play along the way the last four seasons, always as a substantial favorite. The rest of the conference has been a choose-your-own-adventure ride,...

A cyclist passes by Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NFL: Steelers-Titans postponed after positive virus tests

Sep. 30, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday due to positive coronavirus tests among the Titans, the NFL announced Wednesday. The NFL said a new date and time would be announced as soon as possible and that the postponement...

Tennessee's medication abortion law blocked by judge

Sep. 30, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law that required women undergoing drug-induced abortions be informed the procedure could be reversed. The statute was about to go into effect Wednesday after the GOP-dominant General Assembly advanced a sweeping anti-abortion measure earlier...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 30, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Sept. 29 The Johnson City Press on “duty-to intervene” policies which require officers to step in when another officer is violating the law: A lawyer is required to report substantial questions regarding another lawyer’s honesty,...

Officials to use NBA arena in Memphis for ballot counting

Sep. 30, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Election officials plan to use the FedExForum sports arena in Memphis, Tennessee, to count absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election. The NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, which play their home games at the arena, released a statement Saturday saying that the Shelby County Election...

Nashville firm's ex-leader gets 35 months for embezzlement

Sep. 30, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Louisiana man faces 35 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $760,000 from Nashville-based Omnis Health Inc., where he formerly was president. Robert Burton also was ordered to pay more than $1 million combined in restitution to the company and...