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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a 15-stop tour of Tennessee to discuss the transportation funding challenges as he considers a proposal to increase the state's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

Haslam in a release Tuesday cited a "multi-billion dollar backlog" of highway projects across the state. He said the state can no longer depend on federal funding. He also said maintenance becomes more expensive as infrastructure ages and new projects are needed to improve safety, access and economic development.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro suffered a rash of more than 30 auto burglaries this past weekend.

Most of the burglaries were concentrated in two areas. The first are is located immediately west of Middle Tennessee State University. The other is south and east of Oakland High School.

Mary Booten of Oak Hill Drive was just one of roughly  33 Murfreesboro residents to have a vehicle burglarized. She told police she discovered Friday morning someone had taken a purse and contents she valued at $800.

Tenn. Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announces retirement

Jul 27, 2015
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade, a target of a failed ouster campaign led by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey last year, says he plans to retire in September.

Wade was the Supreme Court's chief justice when Ramsey last year decided to pour at least $605,000 from his political action committee into trying to defeat him and two other justices appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — When they first heard gunfire erupt, some Marines at the reserve center in Chattanooga thought it was a drill. But it quickly became clear that there was a shooter on the grounds. Then Marines and sailors sprang into action to try to save each other from the hail of bullets.

Survivors of the July 16 attack spoke for the first time to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1LIc0yr) about the ordeal that left five service members dead.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the victims of that theater shooting in Louisiana has a Tennessee connection.

WSMV-TV reports that 33-year-old Jillian Johnson graduated from Nashville’s Hillwood High in 2000 and also attended Belmont University.

Police say Johnson died at a Lafayette hospital after being shot at a local theater Thursday evening.

Officials say the shooter was 59-year-old John R. Houser. He’s being described as a drifter from Alabama.

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