Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander on the floor of the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Democrats are already enjoying the first fruits of yesterday’s milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama's nominations.
They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial choices and prepared to do the same for two others.
But Republicans, including Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, are warning that over the longer term, they might regret changing the rules. Alexander used this weekend’s UT - Vanderbilt game to make his point.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a statement a teen made to police about a fatal 2005 school shooting is admissible in his second trial.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/I6B9pT) reports the ruling came Wednesday after lawyers for Kenny Bartley Jr., who was 14 at the time of the shooting, argued that his statement should be thrown out.
Defense lawyers said their client was too young and high on pills when he signed a waiver of his rights and told police he fatally shot an assistant principal and wounded two others at Campbell County High School.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials have confirmed that a strain of E. coli that sickened nine children has been matched to animal waste collected at an East Tennessee dairy farm that sells raw milk.
The Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement on Thursday following an on-site inspection of McBee Dairy Farm, laboratory analysis and interviews with close to 90 households that purchased milk from the farm.
Five of the nine children required hospitalization and three developed a severe kidney problem.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four same-sex couples are asking a federal judge for a preliminary injunction that would force Tennessee to recognize their marriages.
The couples filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Nashville last month challenging Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages. They claim in court filings that the laws violate constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs says it has begun an investigation into the Memphis VA Medical Center where an inspector's report found three patients died after receiving substandard care.
A letter Wednesday from committee chairman Jeff Miller to the Department of Veterans Affairs mentions three patients who died in the hospital's emergency room. A VA inspector general's report said one patient was administered a medication, in spite of a documented drug allergy, and had a fatal reaction.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A white supremacist serial killer whose murderous spree began in Tennessee was put to death in Missouri last night.
Sixty-three-year-old Joseph Paul Franklin was executed last night for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Bob Corker was among a group of Senators invited to the White House yesterday to hear a personal appeal from President Obama to hold off on additional sanctions on Iran.
Corker told reporters after the meeting that Obama asked lawmakers to pause for "a period of time." Corker didn’t specify how long the president asked lawmakers to wait.