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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a second former Vanderbilt football player who was convicted in the dorm room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

WKRN-TV reports that Judge Monte Watkins received a motion late Tuesday from lawyers representing Cory Batey. Lawyers representing Brandon Vandenburg filed a similar motion last week, claiming a juror in the trial intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process. The lawyers say the juror was biased in his verdict.

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a third man has been charged with murder in the case of a slain Tennessee nursing student.

The Shelby County District Attorney's office said Wednesday that John Dylan Adams has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape of Holly Bobo.

Adams' brother, Zachary Adams, and another man, Jason Autry, also face the same charges. Zachary Adams and Autry had been previously charged with murder and kidnapping in the case.

Tenn. Senators pan TVA's renewable energy plan

May 20, 2015
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee's Republican U.S. senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, are questioning why the Tennessee Valley Authority is placing greater emphasis on renewable energy as part of its long-term plans.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the senators insisted during a recent meeting that renewable sources of energy add costs and uncertainty.

In a speech before the Senate, Alexander claimed Germany’s renewable energy experiment had failed. He recounted a conversation with a German minister of energy.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A well-known attorney facing his own terminal illness has filed a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that prohibits assisted suicide.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1HfTbNn ) attorney, businessman and political candidate John Jay Hooker filed the complaint Tuesday in Davidson County Chancery Court against a law which makes it a felony for a doctor or another person to assist in someone's death.

Hooker says the law violates the state constitution, which says "power is inherent in the people."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say that a Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million they raised for cancer patients to buy cars, luxury cruises, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries.

Officials said it was one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

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