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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has appointed a transgender woman to the Metro Human Relations Commission — an apparent first for Tennessee.

Media outlets report that Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday confirmed all 20 of Barry's board nominations, including voting unanimously to appoint Dr. Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition says Richmond is the first transgender person in the state's history to be named to a local government board or commission.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the federal government to intervene over a school district's policy prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The ACLU wrote the letter to the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday. The letter asks the U.S. Department of Education to require that the school system in Sumner County make accommodations for transgender students.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam must decide Friday whether to sign, veto or allow two contentious Tennessee bills to become law without his signature.

One of the measures awaiting the governor's decision would require the state's attorney general to file a lawsuit over the federal refugee resettlement program. The other would strip funding from the University of Tennessee's office of diversity and direct the money toward minority scholarships.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Vanderbilt poll finds presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee.

The survey released Thursday found Trump with support from 44 percent and Clinton with 35 percent of the 1,001 registered voters polled. Thirteen percent said they were either undecided or said they wouldn't support either candidate.

Of those who said they didn't plan to vote for either Trump or Clinton, 42 percent were Republicans and 22 percent were Democrats.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to have called over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.

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