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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

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  SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the capture of two escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two guards on a prison bus (all times local):

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A Georgia sheriff says it's too early to tell when two inmates accused in the killings of two guards on a prison bus will be returned to the state after their capture in Tennessee.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were caught Thursday in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a multi-state manhunt that began Tuesday morning.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was convicted of planning an attack on a New York mosque has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

WTVC-TV in Chattanooga reports that a judge sentenced 65-year-old Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain to 235 months on Wednesday.

He was convicted in February of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and solicitation to commit arson of a building. A judge threw out two other guilty verdicts for threats in interstate commerce.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in August in a case aimed at nullifying a vote on a Tennessee constitutional amendment that allows more abortion restrictions.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set an Aug. 2 court date in Cincinnati over the favorable vote in 2014.

The amendment says that nothing in the state constitution "secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It empowered state lawmakers to "enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration's legal team is very confident about the constitutionality of a new law that lets judges toughen sentences for defendants in the country illegally at the time of their crimes.

The Republican governor on Tuesday stressed that the law says judges may consider the sentencing enhancement, but they don't have to apply it.

On Friday, Haslam signed the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Gant of Rossville and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee county prosecutors and the guardian of a baby born dependent on drugs have filed a lawsuit against the makers of several opioid drugs, accusing the companies of unleashing an epidemic by deceptive marketing practices that downplayed the addiction risks with their painkillers.

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  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A new economic report shows housing prices are increasing across the state and rising higher than the rest of the U.S.

A report released by the Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center shows the cost of buying a home went up in the last year in every area of the state tracked, with Nashville seeing the most dramatic increase.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner says he shouldn't have to serve a life sentence for a crime committed when he was 14 — a slaying that garnered international attention in 1997 because prosecutors said it was part of a satanic ritual.

In legal filings, Jason Bryant points to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison except in the most extreme cases. Those involved in the slayings deny it was part of any sort of ritual.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee campaign finance officials have imposed a nearly $465,000 fine on a former lawmaker who was expelled from the General Assembly last year amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.

The Tennessean reports that it's the largest fine ever imposed by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Jeremy Durham was drummed out of the state House in September amid allegations that earned him the nickname "Pants Candy" by women working at the Capitol.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has confirmed she will seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Tennessean reports that Blackburn's bid for a ninth term puts an end to speculation in some circles that she might instead try to run for statewide office next year.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker hasn't yet announced whether he will seek a third six-year term, though he is widely expected to run. Meanwhile, several Republicans are expected to join next year's race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

Tennessee's congressional delegation announced the move Tuesday in a joint news release.

Thompson died in 2015. He was 73.

The Senate voted last month on a resolution that had already been passed by the House.

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  MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee is at a crossroads as organizers deal with last year's plummeting ticket sales while engaging in talks to extend their agreement with Coffee County.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2rCiNVC ) the festival's current deal to pay Coffee County $30,000 plus $3 per ticket sold is set to expire after this year's festival. Ticket sales at the festival fell by 28,000 in 2016, reaching an all-time low of 45,553.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Memory foam maker Sinomax Group is opening its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Tennessee.

The 500,000-square-foot plant will formally open its doors in the Nashville community of La Vergne on Tuesday. The facility is expected to create 350 jobs.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending against throwing out statements two executives made to federal agents when they raided the headquarters of a truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Scott "Scooter" Wombold and Heather Jones are among eight former Pilot Flying J employees charged with conspiracy to defraud trucking company customers. They argue they weren't informed of their Miranda right to remain silent as agents questioned them at the company's Knoxville offices in 2013.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legendary country singer Alan Jackson is going to play a free outdoor concert Saturday in Music City in advance of the Nashville Predators first home game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame said it's an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville. Jackson, in his statement, said he's a Predators fan and proud to be included in the team's road to the Stanley Cup.

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  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are asking for patience from thousands of Memphis residents whose homes remain without power after a weekend storm lashed the Tennessee city with winds of up to 105 mph.

Two state House members who represent Memphis, Antonio Parkinson and Joe Towns, told reporters Wednesday that churches, community groups and neighbors should come together to help feed those who had to throw away food from their refrigerators due to the power outage.

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MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers says she plans to jump into the race for governor.

Media outlets report the Mount Juliet Republican says she'll formally announce her campaign next Saturday.

Beavers says in a statement that Tennessee conservatives are "looking for bold leadership." The 69-year-old Beavers has been in the Senate since 2002.

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  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Following a spate of crimes at nearby apartment complexes, a proposed plan would allow the Middle Tennessee State University police department to work off-campus at the request of the Murfreesboro Police Department.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Newly released figures indicate Nashville has overtaken Memphis as Tennessee's largest city.

The Tennessean reports population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau put the state capital's 2016 population at 660,388, compared to Memphis' 652,717. The two have traded places on the list of the nation's largest cities, with Nashville ranking 24th and Memphis 25th.

Estimates show that Memphis experienced a population loss of 1,737 from 2015 to 2016, while Nashville gained 6,310.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report on drug overdose deaths as of 2015 in Tennessee says that the fatalities are primarily white, mostly male and increasingly less likely to have prescriptions for the drugs.

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  OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Officials are seeking artifacts to display when the International Bluegrass Music Museum opens in a new, larger location next year.

A statement from the museum says objects that "inspire the story of bluegrass over the years," from its beginnings to present day are being sought. That includes instruments, clothing or other memorabilia that were owned by musicians or other prominent figures in bluegrass music.

Items can be loaned or permanently given to the non-profit organization.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Mid-state a  uthorities say a person has been found fatally shot, the body dumped from a car.

The Daily News Journal reports ( http://on.dnj.com/2rzb8Kb ) that police in Murfreesboro went to an apartment complex near Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday evening after receiving a report that a person had been shot.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report shows that suicides in Tennessee are increasing with middle-aged people being most at risk.

The report by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides increased by nearly 13 percent in 2015, the latest year figures are available.

Three people die on average every day in Tennessee from suicide and it is the third-leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 19.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

The original version of the bill would have required the phrase to be printed on all license plates issued in the state. But after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns, sponsors agreed to make the make the new design optional.

The new law requires the Department of Revenue to design plates to include the optional "In God We Trust" language once current stocks are exhausted.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Republican health care bill?

Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

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