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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio now has a full slate of Tennessee delegates lined up for next year’s Republican National Convention.

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is Rubio’s state chairman. Wamp presided over a press conference in Nashville Monday to announce that the campaign has assembled a full slate of 82 delegates to represent Rubio at the convention.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a down to the wire kind of weekend for Tennessee football.

The Tennessee Titans blocked a New Orleans Saints field goal attempt and then scored in overtime to snap their six game losing streak with a 34-28 victory Sunday.

Rookie Marcus Mariota passed for 371 yards and four touchdowns, including the winning 5-yard scoring pass to Anthony Fasano in overtime.

In Knoxville on Saturday, Jalen Reeves-Maybin recovered a fumble deep in Tennessee territory with 32 seconds remaining to preserve the Volunteers' 27-24 triumph over South Carolina.

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NEW YORK (AP) — You may soon see changes to your Comcast bill.  The cable company is expanding the use of data caps in select markets in 5 Southern states, including Tennessee.

The cable company is rolling out more data limits as the Internet becomes an increasingly popular way to watch TV. Streaming video eats up more data than surfing the Internet and reading email.

Public-interest groups criticize the caps, saying they hurt innovation and make it more difficult for people to go online.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and the NAACP State Conference will host a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss mass incarceration and its impact on the community.

Tennessee Black Caucus chairwoman Brenda Gilmore says the symposium will focus on the results of mass incarceration in overall society, particularly in the African-American community.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee’s U.S. Senators have voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill that has some tech companies and privacy advocates concerned.

The Senate yesterday passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 74-21. The bill seeks to improve cybersecurity by encouraging companies and the government to share information about hacking threats.

Some senators and technology companies, such as Apple and Yelp, are opposed to the measure, but Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted in favor.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national report shows that Tennessee has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation's report card, is given to a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students every two years in all 50 states.

Gov. Bill Haslam says the news is still positive, because many states saw their scores decline while Tennessee remained roughly the same.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Schools in Cumberland County, Kentucky, have been canceled as police continue a massive manhunt for a man authorities say shot a Tennessee deputy.

Police raided a home in Burkesville, Kentucky, overnight looking Floyd Ray Cook, but the shooting suspect wasn’t there.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Beth Nelson says a deputy pulled Cook over near Allgood, Tennessee, on Saturday. When he asked Cook to show his hands, the suspect shot him. Nelson says the deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest, which saved his life.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  -- A speaker at this week’s Holocaust Conference in Murfreesboro is calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that a Palestinian convinced Hitler to exterminate Europe’s Jews, “nonsense.”

World War II scholar Gerhard Weinberg was a guest lecturer at Middle Tennessee State’s 12th biennial Holocaust Studies Conference. He told MTSU’s Gina Logue the holocaust was already well underway when the Palestinian leader in question visited Hitler.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report card that tracks the achievement and growth of Tennessee schools shows the state's graduation rate improved to 88 percent, the third consecutive year it's increased.

The graduation rate is up 1 percent from last year’s 87 percent score.

Looking at Metro Nashville and the six surrounding counties, Metro was the only system to fall below the state average, with a graduation rate of 81.6 percent. Williamson, Wilson and Robertson counties all had graduation rates above 95 percent.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you’re in need of a lawyer but just can’t afford one here’s a heads up.

Lawyers across Tennessee are providing free legal services to qualified resident during the balance of October.

The Tennessee Bar Association says the initiative is in its seventh year and brings attorneys together with people who can't afford one.

Allan Ramsaur directs the Tennessee Bar Association. He says Tennesseans earning 150 percent of the poverty level qualify for free assistance. He calls the number of hours donated last year to this effort astounding.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Several hundred Christian conservatives held a rally on Legislative Plaza in Nashville Thursday morning.

The rally was sponsored by the Tennessee Pastors Network.

Topics addressed included what the association calls “a lax immigration system, weak terrorism laws, education, healthcare, religious liberty protections and traditional marriage.

A number of Tennessee state lawmakers were on hand for the rally. They told the crowd that a bill entitled the Tennessee Defense of Natural Marriage Act had just been introduced to the legislature.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The husband of Kim Davis — the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses — will be part of a Thursday rally at the capitol in Nashville organized by the Tennessee Pastors Network.

Network President Dale Walker of Whitleyville, Tennessee, lists some of the issues to be address as the rally.

“Traditional marriage, family, lax immigration system, weak terrorism laws, education, healthcare and religious liberty protection and religious freedom.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The chairman of the state Senate transportation committee has come out against raising Tennessee's gas tax next year.

Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber. He says there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

Tennessee hasn’t increased its tax on gasoline since 1989.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are getting a lot of pushback following Monday’s announcement of new, stricter power plant emission standards.

But the Tennessee Valley Authority, which supplies electricity to Tennessee and six other states, seems to be taking the announcement in stride.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker tangled Thursday in a congressional hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry over the nuclear arms deal Kerry struck earlier this month with Iran.

Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and recently championed legislation that gives Congress the opportunity to review the deal made with Iran.

Opening that review process yesterday, Corker was scathing in his assessment of the agreementl Kerry negotiated.

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NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — Tennesseans score dead last when it comes to eating enough fruit and residents are skimping on vegetables as well.

A just released study suggests only 13 percent of Americans are eating the recommended amount of fruit each day, while in Tennessee only 7.5 percent eat the recommended amount.

The findings come from a large, national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus are considering a special legislative session to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin says that a special session "is on the table" to discuss a proposal that would protect ministers who choose not to perform a gay wedding.

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved only small tuition hikes for the 2015-2016 school year.

A unanimous vote at the Regents' Friday meeting in Columbia raises tuition 3.4 percent at Tennessee's community colleges and 4 percent at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

At the six Board of Regents universities, tuition increases vary as follows:

—Austin Peay State University: 2.4 percent

—East Tennessee State University: 3 percent

—Middle Tennessee State University: 3.1 percent

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Farm Bureau says it’s reviewing the Obama Administration’s new rules governing the pollution of waterways.

This past week the Environmental Protection Agency moved to clarify which streams and other small bodies of water are federally protected.

The rules have already run into deep opposition from farm groups and the Republican-led Congress. The House voted to block the regulations earlier this month, saying they amount to overreach.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI have executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement on Thursday that the warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption involving multiple targets within the sheriff's department.

DeVine said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the continuing investigation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A newly formed coalition says Tennessee has more than $8 billion in unfunded transportation needs, but they're getting little encouragement from legislators at either the state or federal level.

The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee is pushing lawmakers to appropriate more money for highway construction and maintenance, even if that means raising taxes.

Lawmakers have been reluctant to increase Tennessee's gas tax, the source of most state highway funds. The 21 cent a gallon tax hasn’t been raised since 1989.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about fake pain pills that could prove deadly for anyone taking them.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine says police recently recovered what looked like oxycodone pills during a traffic stop.

“It’s the same size, it has the same stamping  --  that “A” over “215” that’s characteristic of oxycodone, but laboratory analysis at a TBI forensic facility indicated that they were in fact counterfeit…didn’t contain oxycodone and instead contained fentanyl.”

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill -- championed by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker -- that would give lawmakers the power to review any nuclear deal made with Iran.

The House overwhelmingly passed the bill on a 400 to 25 vote Thursday. The Senate approved the bill last week.

The legislation, which Obama says he will sign, gives Congress a chance to weigh in on what could be a significant international accord aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.

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NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — The number of Christians in America continues to decline, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.

 

The Pew Research Center released its annual religious affiliation survey this week. The survey tabulated responses from more than 35,000 Americans.

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