NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he hopes his home state of Tennessee won't emulate the Washington approach to spending on transportation projects without finding ways to pay for them.

Corker on Wednesday praised Gov. Bill Haslam, a close friend and fellow Republican, for trying to find long-term solutions to Tennessee's transportation needs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates.

Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said Wednesday from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death.

She also said the plaintiffs didn't show during a lengthy trial that there have been problems in states where the method has been used.

There was no immediate comment from attorneys for either side.

Tenn. student ACT scores flat in 2015

Aug 26, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 2015 ACT college prep test results were released Wednesday and Tennessee student scores are essentially unchanged from last year.

The ACT is designed to determine how well prepared a student is to tackle college level class work. Tennessee requires every student at both public and private schools to take the test.

Students who graduated this past spring chalked up a composite score of 19.8, the same mark achieved in 2014.

Tennessee’s ACT scores ranked sixth lowest in the nation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a man on a roadway overpass has fallen and died after being shot by an officer.

Local media report 22-year-old Steven Dodd was pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday after the shooting in Hendersonville.

Did Murfreesboro Police foil an armed robbery?

Aug 26, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A restaurant cashier says she thinks Murfreesboro Police arrived just in time to save her from being robbed at gunpoint.

Officers responded to a silent alarm at the Subway on Old Fort Parkway Tuesday morning. When they arrived at the restaurant they found the clerk standing behind the register shaking and crying. The incident report says 33-year-old Brian Bradley was standing in front of the counter.