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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Civil Rights leader Diane Nash recently gave a speech to Middle Tennessee State University students as part of the school's observance of Constitution Week.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro reports ( that Nash spoke Wednesday about using nonviolent protest as a tool — something she calls "agapic energy," the power of love.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Navy says pilot error was the primary cause of a crash that claimed the life of a Blue Angels flier.

Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed on June 2 while practicing for the Pensacola, Florida-based flight demonstration team outside Nashville, Tennessee.

A report released Thursday said Kuss' jet was traveling too fast and too low when he transitioned into a maneuver.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is thanking members of the Tennessee General Assembly for acting quickly in a special legislative session to prevent the loss of $60 million in federal road money.

The governor had hastily called this week's session after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that the state would lose 8 percent of its federal road funding if a new drunken driving law wasn't repealed by Oct. 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has dismissed three complaints filed against House Speaker Beth Harwell for her handling of a sexual harassment investigation into former Rep. Jeremy Durham.

Republican state Rep. Rick Womick, who opposed Durham's ouster a day earlier, had filed five complaints against Harwell. He withdrew two of them on Wednesday, and the ethics panel later dismissed the remaining three.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of fatally stabbing Johnny Cash's great-niece in Tennessee is set to serve 15 years in prison after reaching a plea deal.

Multiple news outlets report Wayne Masciarella of Cape May, New Jersey, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Courtney Cash.

Police found the victim's body hidden in a cedar box inside her Putnam County home in 2014. Autopsy results showed she was stabbed to death.