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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Williamson County lawmaker accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women says nearly all of the allegations in an attorney general's office report are either false or taken out of context.

Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham told reporters Thursday that he has never attempted sexual contact with any of the women in the report. Durham also said he was suspending his re-election campaign to focus on his family. But he stopped short of resigning or saying he would refuse to serve if elected.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A legislative committee formed to look into allegations of sexual impropriety against Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham says the Republican lawmaker used his position to sexually harass at least 22 women.

Among other findings, the report says a then-20-year-old college student told investigators Durham plied her with drinks and had sex with her in his office two years ago.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man who has led Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 higher education initiative will now head the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Mike Krause will replace Russ Deaton, who has been interim executive director since the retirement of Richard Rhoda in 2014. Deaton will become deputy executive director.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville chancellor won't block the release of an investigative report on allegations of sexual harassment by state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

Chancellor Russell Perkins said in a Tuesday ruling that Durham raised some legitimate questions about the way the investigation was conducted. But Perkins said those concerns are insufficient to support a ruling blocking the report's release or the further work of an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives.

City of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis is demanding change, delivering to officials a list of actions they believe will improve the lives of African-American residents in the majority black city.

Minister Devante Hill, an organizer of a protest that blocked Interstate 40 on Sunday night, listed the group's demands during a community meeting with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Interim Police Director Michael Rallings at a church on Monday.

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