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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly.

The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored.

Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up with a different overall score.

State spokeswoman Sara Gast says the errors did not affect the statewide results.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is launching her bid for the U.S. Senate on the heels of Gov. Bill Haslam's decision to sit out the race to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

Blackburn described herself in her campaign announcement Thursday as a "hard-core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" and decried the Republican majority in the Senate for failing to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man charged in a shooting that killed one person and wounded six others at a Tennessee church has a court date.

On Friday, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson has a hearing scheduled in front of a Davidson County general sessions judge.

Samson is charged with the fatal shooting of one woman and additional charges are expected after the rampage at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville. He's being held without bond.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being opened with the retirement of his fellow Republican Bob Corker.

Haslam had been holding out hope that Corker, a close family friend, would run for a third term in the Senate, and didn't begin to seriously consider his own bid until he learned otherwise.

A statement from Haslam said he wants to focus on his remaining time as governor.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for the driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students last year.

Johnthony Walker faces 34 charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide, in last November's crash in Chattanooga. Police have said Walker was speeding when the crash occurred. Walker's defense attorney has said he swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Media report a Hamilton County judge on Tuesday set Feb. 20 as the date the trial will begin.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say they found a cache of weapons, including two machine guns, during a traffic stop.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $250 million stadium deal as the final piece in Nashville's bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team.

Under the plan presented Monday to the Metro Council, Nashville would issue $200 million in bonds for the 27,500-seat stadium and another $25 million for infrastructure surrounding the stadium at the city fairgrounds. The private owners in MLS2Nashville would be responsible for $25 million and any construction cost overruns with ticket tax revenue helping repay the bonds.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city will receive more than a million dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to finish processing untested rape kits.

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  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A man burned in a hotel room fire that police say was related to a meth lab has been hospitalized.

News outlets report that Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans said in a press release that officer responding to a medical call behind a convenience store Sunday morning found the burned man in his underwear. The man was taken to the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's opponents on both sides of the political spectrum aren't waiting for him to make up his mind about a U.S. Senate bid before launching attacks on the Republican.

Haslam said this week that he wants to take time to think and pray about whether to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker, a close family friend.

Both the Tennessee Democratic Party and the conservative website Breitbart News took aim at Haslam for the federal investigation into a diesel rebate scam at his family's truck stop chain, Pilot Flying J.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next — more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?

Unless Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work together, and bring along an often unpredictable President Donald Trump, political conflict over health care may spread. Bipartisan talks on legislation to stabilize shaky insurance markets are on again, but time is short and there's no guarantee of success.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker gave few hints Wednesday on his political future after he leaves the U.S. Senate, but he appeared to leave the door slightly ajar on a potential run for Tennessee governor next year.

Corker told reporters at the U.S. Capitol that he plans to "serve in some capacity," but that he's not actively pursuing any other office at the moment.

"If there's an opportunity for me to make a difference in some other way, I'm sure that I would look at it," he said. "Right now, again, I have absolutely nothing."

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell soldiers have deployed to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Maria tore up the island, killing at least 16 people and leaving millions without power and water.

A statement from the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line says an element of the 101st Airborne Division dubbed Team Medevac left Wednesday for Puerto Rico. The statement says the team is comprised of more than 70 personnel and eight medevac Blackhawk helicopters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and a political force on financial issues, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election.

The 65-year-old lawmaker, who recently had been encouraged by President Donald Trump to seek a third term, made the surprise announcement hours before a showdown vote in an Alabama Senate runoff that pitted the establishment favorite against firebrand Judge Roy Moore.

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MURFREESORO, Tenn. (AP)  --  A company that heaped probation fees on Rutherford County residents, even though many were too poor to pay, will pay $14 million to reimburse those charges.

Providence Community Corrections and officials in Rutherford County, south of Nashville, agreed to the settlement to compensate nearly 30,000 people who were placed under the company's supervision after being convicted of misdemeanors.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A funeral is set for a woman who was shot at a Tennessee church.

According to West Harpeth Funeral Home and Crematory, services for 38-year-old Melanie Smith Crow of Smyna, Tennessee, will be held Thursday at the funeral home in Nashville. Her visitation is scheduled for Wednesday.

Police said she was killed Sunday in the parking lot at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Six others were wounded inside the church.

 

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The pastor shouted "Run, run, gunshots!" and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued.

Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva Rosa said members were talking about the success of their yard sale the previous day when they heard gunshots Sunday outside the building in a Nashville neighborhood. The church pastor, David Spann, 60, then shouted for everyone to run, according to a witness.

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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago.

Zachary Adams was found guilty after an 11-day trial in Savannah, Tennessee. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holly Bobo was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in rural Parsons on April 13, 2011.

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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a man charged with killing a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared into the woods behind her rural home more than six years ago.

Thursday marks the ninth day of trial for Zachary Adams in Savannah, Tennessee. Adams has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing Holly Bobo. She was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in Parsons, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Nashville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Car dealership owner Lee Beaman is launching a super PAC to support Andy Ogles' bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Bob Corker.

Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch's network. He declared his candidacy last week, and his campaign announced the formation of Beaman's super PAC on Tuesday.

Super PACs can take unlimited contributions from wealthy donors, but they may not coordinate with the campaigns.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee to run for another term, according to two people familiar with a meeting between the two Republicans at the White House last week.

The Friday meeting was the first between Corker and Trump since they clashed over the president's comments about a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia last month.

The people familiar with the discussion declined to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the conversation publicly. The White House declined comment.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is being deposed in a lawsuit related to a television ad that ran in her first campaign for Congress.

Black narrowly won the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2010 over tea party-styled Lou Ann Zelenik and state Sen. Jim Tracy. In that race, Zelenik ran TV ads criticizing Black for state Senate votes that provided $1 million in state contracts to Aegis Sciences, the drug testing company run by her husband.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee corrections officials have fined a private prison company $43,750 because of problems it had counting inmates at a jail it operates, according to state documents.

The state Department of Correction levied the penalty against CoreCivic in May over breach of contract due to the woes at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, a medium-security lockup in Hartsville that holds up to 2,552 male inmates, a letter released in a public records request shows.

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MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) — Engine problems caused a helicopter crash in New Jersey last week that killed country music performer Troy Gentry and the pilot.

That's the finding of a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot reported the aircraft was experiencing mechanical problems shortly after takeoff Friday.

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a Sevier County grand jury charged Debra Kay Catlett; her son, Chad Alan Chambers; Rocco Boscalia; Annie Lyons; and Esther Pridemore. The charges include money laundering, criminal conspiracy and felony theft. An arraignment date hasn't been set.

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