Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.

It was a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Reporters and others gathered at the Swedish Academy's headquarters in Stockholm's Old Town reacted with a loud cheer as his name was read out.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named the new boards for Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech.

That ompletes his appointments to six four-year colleges that the Republican has spun out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The governor's appointees at MTSU are Andrew Adams, J.B. Baker, Pete Delay, Darrell Freeman Sr., Joey Jacobs, Chris Karbowiak, Stephen Smith, and Pamela Wright.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge says a man who has long been on Tennessee's death row will get a new hearing. The Tennessean reports ( 65-year-old Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman has been on death row since 1987, when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Patrick Daniels. Abdur'Rahman has argued that prosecutors discriminated against African-Americans during jury selection.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The deadline for public comments on an overhaul of teaching standards for social studies has been extended amid an uproar over a proposal to cut out several Tennessee historical events.

The Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee voted Wednesday to move the deadline from Oct. 28 to Dec. 15.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Christian singer Lauren Daigle won three awards at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards on Tuesday night, including artist of the year.

Two worship groups, Hillsong UNITED out of Australia and Bethel Music based in California, also took home two awards apiece during the award show held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.