NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state attorney general's office says Tennessee is in line to receive a $12.6 million share of Volkswagen's settlement with the states over deceptive trade practices in the sale of diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions testing standards.

The German automaker agreed to pay the states more than $1,000 per car that violated consumer protection laws, totaling $570 million nationwide.

The state is also eligible to receive $42 million in support of environmental programs to reduce emissions.

New state laws take effect on Friday, July 1

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A number of new state laws are set to take effect on Friday, including one that requires all DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device.

Other measures taking effect this week include an extension of the Statute of Limitations for cases of Aggravated Statutory Rape from 15 to 18 years.

School bus drivers will face more severe penalties if they’re caught using a cell phone or other electronic devise while transporting Tennessee children.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’re one of the 250,000 people expected to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in downtown Nashville, you should be aware that new security restrictions will be in force.

WKRN-TV reports that only a handful of items will be allowed into the celebrations downtown, including a blanket or tarp, a personal umbrella, personal camera, and a small bag measuring no larger than 16 by 10 by 4.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who boosted women's game, has died at 64.

Amid reports of Summitt's failing health, her family issued a statement Sunday asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt was surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. They also asked for privacy.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down abortion laws in Texas that are nearly identical to abortion regulations on the books in Tennessee.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

High speed chase turns deadly, Murf. woman killed

Jun 27, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The family of a Murfreesboro woman killed over the weekend in a police chase turned deadly are working to raise money for her funeral.

WTVF-TV reports that 28-year-old Jessica Miranda Campos was killed Friday afternoon at the corner of South Church Street and Veterans Parkway. Her car was struck by an SUV being pursued by police.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that high speed chase began in Coffee County when they allege 28-year-old Garieon J. Simmons stole a vehicle, sparking a pursuit that continued into Rutherford County.

The following press statement was released by the Tennessee Board of Regents on June 24, 2016.

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

Tuition rates at the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A pair of Nashville Ballet company dancers are gearing up to represent Tennessee in a prestigious dance competition in Europe next month.

Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer have been invited to compete in the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, beginning July 15. The Olympic-style event is held every two years and attracts dancers from around the world.

Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Jun 24, 2016
Ralph Stanley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Appalachian music patriarch Ralph Stanley, who helped expand and popularize the bluegrass sound, has died. He was 89.

His publicist, Kirt Webster, says Stanley died yesterday.

Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He and brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The brothers fused Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk of groups such as the Carter Family, and added a distinctive three-part harmony. Carter Stanley died of liver disease in 1966.


WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Tennessee’s largest companies has lost a precedent setting Supreme Court case that defines the limits of Native American tribal court authority.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that justices were deadlocked 4-4 in a closely watched dispute between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and mid-state based Dollar General Corp. The impasse leaves a lower court decision in place that favors the tribe.


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A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education:

What does it take to get preschool right?

Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales — like this one from Tennessee — than success stories.

The world's second largest diamond goes on the auction block today for an expected $70 million.

It was found last fall in Botswana, where half the population is poor or hovering just above poverty.

All of which raises the question: How much do diamond sales benefit Botswana's citizens?

A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix.

The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees.

Around here, it never really gets cool in the summer. That's partly because Phoenix is such a big city that it traps the heat — a heat island.

But now in the middle of the night, it's finally cool enough to start work.

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