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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s top Republicans are among those criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his remarks following Sunday’s terror attack in Florida.

Following the shooting deaths of 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando by self-styled ISIS supporter Omar Mateen, Trump again called for a halt to all Muslim immigration to the U.S.

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy report says the cleanup of mercury contamination at a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant could cost between $1 billion and $3 billion.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1rnWDV3 ) reports that the report outlines technology plans for mercury cleanup at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, which used mercury during the Cold War to develop hydrogen bombs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The Middle Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution calling on Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag.

The resolution was first proposed by an African-American pastor, the Rev. Dwight McKissic. The proposal presented to thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in St. Louis on Tuesday was less strongly worded than the original. It added a paragraph saying that the flag serves for some not as a symbol of racism but as a memorial to loved ones who died in the Civil War.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport set a record this week for the highest number of single-day departures in its history.

More than 23,800 passengers left the city through the airport on Monday following the conclusion of the CMA Music Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. That's a 15 percent increase over the previous record.

The facility processed more than 16,000 bags on Monday, which also set a record for the airport.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Vanderbilt football player encouraged his teammates to have sex with an unconscious woman whom he had been dating.

During opening statements Monday in the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg, a prosecutor said the former player even passed out condoms to three teammates before the woman was raped.

But one of Vandenburg's attorneys blamed the three other players, saying that maybe Vandenburg could have stopped the June 2013 attack but he shouldn't be held responsible for what others did to her.

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