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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Memphis City Council will vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would make it the second major Tennessee city to drastically reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Nashville City Council approved a similar ordinance last month.

The proposed Memphis ordinance would reduce the penalty for possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana to a civil citation or a $50 fine or community service.

ATLANTA (AP) — The pipeline company working to repair a leak that led to gas shortages and higher prices for drivers across the South says its bypass repair is complete.

Colonial Pipeline says it expects to restart its main gasoline line to start flowing agian Wednesday.

Spokesman Steve Baker says crews have been working around the clock to get fuel to markets, and that it will take a few days for the fuel supply chain to fully recover.

The 500-foot bypass will move fuel around a leak that spilled 6,000 barrels of gasoline in Shelby County, Alabama.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Nashville’s Metro Council will vote again Tuesday on a bill to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Memphis is considering a similar move.

John Marek with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws says similar proposals have already passed in more than two dozen other U.S. cities.

Not everyone is onboard with the initiative. Republican State Rep. William Lamberth of Cottontown says he’ll sponsor legislation to penalize the two cities if they move to decriminalize pot.

2B NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The State of Tennessee has received more than 600 consumer complaints about price gouging in recent days amid an ongoing run on fuel.

The Tennessean says the state normally gets about 5,000 such complaints in a year. Some customers have reported seeing prices as high as $9.99 for a gallon of gas.

By law, retailers aren’t allowed to price gouge on essential goods during a disaster.

State officials insist that panicked motorists are creating the shortage by buying more fuel than usual.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the man accused of placing a pipe bomb in an employee's car outside a Franklin nursing home was trying to kill his estranged wife.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes authorities saying GPS data from 41-year-old Mitchell Oakes' cellphone shows he was in the nursing home’s parking lot when the bomb was planted early Saturday in his wife's vehicle.

The unidentified woman noticed the device a few hours later after finishing her shift at the facility.

Oakes was arrested Sunday on a first-degree attempted murder charge.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Nashville judge says he'll decide next week whether to order a new sentencing hearing for Corey Batey.

Batey is the former Vanderbilt football player convicted of participating in the gang rape of an unconscious student.

Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins sentenced Batey to 15-years in prison, the minimum sentence allowed for convictions on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee lawmakers have repealed an underage drunken driving law that ran afoul of federal zero-tolerance standards.

The Senate passed the measure 31-1 Wednesday morning and the House later followed suit on an 85-2 vote.

The state law, that went into effect in July, raised the maximum allowable blood alcohol content from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent for those drivers.

Gov. Haslam called legislators into special session to repeal the law to keep Tennessee from losing $60 million in federal road funds.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Durham was a rising Republican legislative star, but his increasingly erratic behavior and mounting sexual harassment allegations finally caught up with him.

Durham’s  fellow legislators voted 70-2 yesterday to expel him.

Durham faced a grilling prior to the vote. Rep. Bill Lamerth of Cottontown was visibly angry.

"For God's sake, I want to know, 'Did you do it?'  If you did that affects my vote today.  If you didn't, we all deserve to know."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Following Tuesday’s vote to oust Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham from his seat in the Tennessee House, lawmakers hope to move on to the reason they convened this week.

Gov. Bill Haslam called lawmakers into a special session to repeal a new state law on underage DUI. The law exceeds national standards, leading to a threat by Washington officials to withhold $60 million in federal road construction money.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Nashville prosecutors want a tougher sentence for former Vandy football player Corey Batey for his part in a gang rape at a campus dorm in 2013.

The Tennessean quotes prosecutors saying 11 emails were sent to presiding judge Montey Watkins prior to sentencing. They believe the emails influenced the judge's choice to give Batey the minimum 15 year sentence for the assault.

Prosecutors are asking another judge to give them access to the emails and a chance to argue for a longer sentence.

A hearing in the matters is scheduled for Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Authorities have released more details about that officer involved shooting in Madison Tuesday morning.

Metro Police say that 38-year-old officer Jason Sweeney confronted an armed man while responding to a shots fired call. Police say 42-year-old Kevin Lillard pointed a gun at the officer during a foot pursuit.

The patrolman fired once, hitting Lillard in the mid-section. Officer Sweeney, who is white, wasn't injured.

Lillard, who is black, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He’s reported to be in stable condition.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee sporting goods store is selling commemorative t-shirts to raise money for the family of a Maryville Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

Officer Kenny Moats was shot in the neck just above his bulletproof vest Thursday outside a Maryville home as he responded to a domestic disturbance call.

In the days since the 32-year-old officer's death, WBIR-TV reports Pokey's and Sports has sold more than $40,000 worth of t-shirts for Moats' wife and three children. The store expects to sell even more.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A police officer who was fatally shot responding to a dispute between a father and son in eastern Tennessee had been wearing a bullet-proof vest, but he was struck in the neck.

Authorities say Marysville Police Officer Kenny Moats was killed Thursday while responding to the second domestic disturbance call of the day at the home.

The Blount County Sheriff's office says Moats and a deputy were able to get the father to safety and were taking cover behind their vehicles when the son opened fire from the garage, striking Moats from about 70 yards away.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Two scandal plagued Republican State Representatives have lost their seats to primary challengers.

Longtime state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville lost his West Tennessee seat to carnival operator Mark Lovell by 37 percentage points.

Todd was twice filmed removing opponents' campaign signs during the campaign. A retired Memphis police officer, Todd was convicted in 2011 for drunken driving with a loaded handgun in his car.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Two mid-state congressional incumbent Republicans have successfully fended off primary challenges from their political right.

Scandal plagued 4th district Rep. Scott DesJarlais defeated ultra-conservative challenger Grant Starret, winning by about a nine percent margin or some 4,000 votes.

DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg Physician, will now go on to face Democrat Steven Reynolds of Murfreesboro in November.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A legislative committee formed to look into allegations of sexual impropriety against Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham says the Republican lawmaker used his position to sexually harass at least 22 women.

Among other findings, the report says a then-20-year-old college student told investigators Durham plied her with drinks and had sex with her in his office two years ago.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis is demanding change, delivering to officials a list of actions they believe will improve the lives of African-American residents in the majority black city.

Minister Devante Hill, an organizer of a protest that blocked Interstate 40 on Sunday night, listed the group's demands during a community meeting with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Interim Police Director Michael Rallings at a church on Monday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a Murfreesboro man has been arrested following an investigation into the distribution of fake Percocet pills.

The TBI says 50-year-old Johnny L. Williams was arrested Friday night at his home and charged with one count of selling a controlled substance.

Williams was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office reported 15 overdoses on Wednesday alone. The TBI says the tainted pills have resulted in at least three deaths.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over police killings of black people occupied a key bridge over the Mississippi River Sunday night, blocking an interstate highway for hours before officers moved them off.

Traffic on Interstate 40 stopped in both directions after Black Lives Matter protesters marched onto the bridge. Police in squad cars tried to stop them, but several hundred had already made their way up the ramp, and the crowd swelled to more than 1,000.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper came to the defense of FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill Thursday as Comey was being grilled by Republicans over his handling of the Hillary Clinton classified email investigation.

Comey testified before a House committee this morning that while it was a serious mistake for then Secretary of State Clinton to send classified email using her personal account, the breach of security did not warrant criminal charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Republican Sen. Bob Corker says he has withdrawn his name as a possible running mate for Donald Trump.

Micah Johnson confirmed the comments that the Tennessee senator made in an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday in which the senator said, "There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I'm far more suited for other types of things."

Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He appeared with Trump at a campaign event in North Carolina on Tuesday.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — If you plan on voting in the August 4 election, election officials want you to know that Tuesday is the last day you can register.

Officials say voter registration applications must be turned in at the Commission Office by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Mail-in applications have to be postmarked no later than July 5.

Voters can register at election commission offices in each Tennessee county or online. Officials say anyone who registers online must vote the first time in person and are not eligible to vote absentee.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down abortion laws in Texas that are nearly identical to abortion regulations on the books in Tennessee.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Tennessee’s largest companies has lost a precedent setting Supreme Court case that defines the limits of Native American tribal court authority.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that justices were deadlocked 4-4 in a closely watched dispute between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and mid-state based Dollar General Corp. The impasse leaves a lower court decision in place that favors the tribe.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee and 25 other states have blocked President Obama’s attempts to shield millions of immigrants from deportation thanks to a 4-4 decision announced by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices' one-sentence opinion delivered Thursday morning effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

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