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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says authorities are continuing to search the computer belonging to the gunman who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, but as of Friday morning, haven't found an extensive online presence.

The official says they also haven't uncovered evidence suggesting Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was directly inspired by the Islamic State militant group. But the official says the review is continuing.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander scored a major legislative victory yesterday, as the Senate approved an education law re-write.

The Senate bill would roll back significant parts of the much-criticized federal No Child Left Behind regulations. Alexander has been working on the legislation for seven years.

The overhaul was approved by a 81-17 vote. The stage is now set for what could be contentious negotiations with the House over the federal government's influence over education policy.

Tennessee's unemployment rate continues to fall

Jul 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate has now fallen for four straight months, dropping in June to 5.7 percent.

The jobless rate fell one-tenth of one percent from the May reading. The national unemployment rate was down last month, falling to 5.3 percent.

Tennessee’s jobless rate fell steadily from a high 9.6 percent during the summer of 2011 through January of 2014, but then stalled near 6.5 percent for much of last year. Unemployment began to fall again in March.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The man who investigators say fatally shot four marines at a Navy-Marine training center and opened fire at a military recruiting center in Tennessee had a bachelor's in engineering and was an outgoing, popular student in high school who belonged to the wrestling team.

But beyond that, not much is known about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, or what motivated his rampage.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)  --  A United States official says there's no indication that the suspected Chattanooga gunman was under investigation by the FBI or on the radar of federal law enforcement at the time of the shooting.

The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The FBI says the gunman opened fire Thursday at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart, killing at least four Marines.

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