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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams is scheduled to go on trial Monday to face aggravated rape charges.

Williams and former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson each face two charges of aggravated rape in which the other is said to have aided and abetted. According to Knoxville police, the woman said the incident occurred at an apartment in the early-morning hours of Nov. 16.

Johnson was granted a motion for a separate trial, which is set for Sept. 29.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against six Catholic groups in Tennessee and Michigan that claim the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act violates their religious beliefs.

On Friday, the Cincinnati based federal court reaffirmed its prior judgment that the mandate does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kickoff his Tennessee Promise program.

The scholarship provides high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at a state community or technical college, which begin classes on Monday.

The Republican governor is scheduled to visit Cleveland State Community College and Nashville State Community College on Monday, and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis on Tuesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say more than $450,000 was spent on a controversial state anti-DUI campaign that many called sexist.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1JgMy47 ) Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, said Wednesday that by the time the state ended the campaign in July, $456,923 had been spent. Poole says the projected budget for the campaign was over $725,000.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly are urging the reconsideration of a new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all state parks, even if those facilities are rented out by private operators.

At a roundtable hosted by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and Nashville state Rep. John Ray Clemmons on Thursday, several speakers voiced concerns about the law that stripped local governments of the power to ban all firearms in parks.

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