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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Murfreesboro plan to meet this week to iron out details of a court being developed specifically to serve veterans.

The Daily News Journal reports the court could open this fall.

Commissioners in Rutherford County voiced their approval in February for the launch of the initiative, which will initially serve veterans who end up in the court system for drug or driving under the influence offenses.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee  based Southern Baptist Convention is taking its biggest step to date to confront the legacy of support for slavery and segregation that still looms over the denomination.

A two-day "Gospel and Racial Reconciliation" summit in Nashville last week was a call to arms, with speaker after speaker proclaiming the evil of the racial divisions that they said were hurting the Christian church and faith.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A coalition supporting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is planning a rally at the state Capitol on Monday.

The group is comprised of clergy, students and community groups.

Haslam's original Insure Tennessee proposal failed in a special legislative session last month, but has been revived by a Democratic lawmaker in the Senate.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor Thursday.

The proposal is sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga.

It's similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed. The governor also failed to pass voucher legislation in the previous session.

Under Gardenhire's proposal, eligibility would be opened to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The publishing arm of the Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention has stopped selling popular accounts of the afterlife like "Heaven is for Real" and "90 Minutes in Heaven" at its national chain of Lifeway Christian Bookstores.

Last summer, Southern Baptists at their annual convention warned that such books and films can lead people astray with "personal testimonies that cannot be corroborated" and sometimes conflict with Scripture.

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