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mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee has recommended that the name of a campus building honoring a controversial Confederate general be changed.

In a press statement released Thursday morning, McPhee said he has accepted the recommendation of the 17 member panel he formed last year to consider changing the name of Forrest Hall. The Hall is named for Confederate General, slave holder and founding KKK member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

cdc.gov

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) --  Shelby County is home to more measles cases than the rest of the U.S. combined after an outbreak that began last week.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1NWQjcq ) six cases so far have been confirmed in the county.

Measles had been considered eradicated in the U.S. 16 years ago, but the anti-vaccination movement of recent years has led to new outbreaks.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A high-ranking Washington State officials says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by Gov. Haslam allowing counselors to refuse to treat patients based the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will not go to the National Association of Secretaries of State summer meeting.

tnready.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has abruptly terminated a $107.7 million contract with a testing company following repeated failures with the rollout of the new assessment called TNReady.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday said she'd had enough of the company's repeated delays of shipping test materials and that a number of students in grades 3 through 8 would not be able to take the assessment this year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davidson County district attorney's office says jurors from Memphis will be selected for the retrial of a former Vanderbilt football player who will be retried for rape next month.

DA spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said in an email that jurors will be selected in Memphis and brought to Nashville to decide the fate of Brandon Vandenburg. Vandenburg is one of four former players who was charged with the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

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