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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.

City of Memphis

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.

TBI

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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