Associated Press

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.

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.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A lawyer says an uncle of the shooter in last week's killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack.

Abdel Qader al-Khatib told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was barred from seeing his client and that family members were prevented from visiting. Al-Khatib identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Tennessee attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A family representative says the Kuwait-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee was first treated by a child psychiatrist for depression when he was 12 or 13 years old.

The representative, who spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity to avoid unwanted publicity, said 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez also fought drug and alcohol abuse, spending time in Jordan last year to help clean himself up.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a sailor who was shot in the attack on a military facility in Chattanooga has died, raising the death toll to five people.

The death occurred two days after a gunman killed four Marines during a shooting rampage on two military facilities.

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