Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of bill seeking to designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee has formally announced his bid to override Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of the measure.

Haslam last week vetoed the bill over constitutional concerns of a government endorsement of religion and because he believes it "trivializes" the Bible. Supporters argue that measure seeks to honor the historic and economic significance of the Bible in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reporting serious crime was down slightly in 2015 but homicide rates were up.

The TBI compiles data from all state law enforcement agencies plus colleges and universities to create its annual report. The 2015 report was released Monday. It found that serious crimes overall in Tennessee were down by about 2 percent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee transgender bathroom bill has failed after a sponsor pulled the measure until next year.

The move Monday comes after intense opposition from businesses and gay, lesbian and transgender rights' organizations that called the measure discriminatory and amid questions of whether the state would lose more than $1 billion in federal education funds.

The bill would have required students in public schools and universities to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a resolution that directs the state to sue over the federal refugee resettlement program.

The Senate previously approved the resolution and would only have to agree to a change that would allow a private law firm to sue on behalf of the state before the measure becomes law.

Gov. Bill Haslam cannot veto it because it is a resolution and not a bill.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Legislature is close to passing a bill that would make clear that fantasy sports betting is legal, but would also regulate it and put a tax on it.

The House on Monday night passed the Fantasy Sports Tax Act. The move came after the state attorney general issued a legal opinion earlier this month saying that fantasy sports contests are illegal gambling.