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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican House speaker says she now supports convening a special session to expel a state lawmaker accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women.

Democrats this week called for the special session in order to deny Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham a pension of more than $300 per month even if he's not re-elected this year.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is joining a federal lawsuit to stop the merger of major health insurance companies.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a release Thursday that the move by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem to acquire Cigna would reduce competition in Tennessee and could affect benefits, premiums and care.

The other states joining the lawsuit are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state Sen. Bill Ketron has invited controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to the Republican National Convention.

Wilders tweeted late Sunday that he had arrived in Cleveland. His tweet included a photo of a guest pass from the Tennessee Republican Party.

Ketron, of Murfreesboro, told The Tennessean the populist anti-Islam and Euro-skeptic lawmaker is his friend.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Education officials say changes in standardized testing in Tennessee are expected to reduce testing time for students and teachers by about 30 percent.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2a3kAh5 ) reports the state has cut the first part of spring standardized testing to create only one assessment window at the end of the school year.

The changes stem from the Tennessee Department of Education's two-year, $60 million contract with Minnesota-based Questar Assessment, which was finalized Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious female student.

A criminal judge handed down the sentence for Cory Batey on Friday after the victim said her life was shattered as a result of the rape.

The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June of 2013. Four former football players were charged.

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