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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.

In the Vanderbilt University poll Thursday, more than six of 10 people surveyed believed fellow state residents are conservative or very conservative.

Only about half of those respondents described themselves that way, a 14 percentage-point gap between perception and reality. About three in 10 considered themselves moderate. Almost 2 in 10 identified as liberal.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says firearm-related criminal offenses have increased by almost 25 percent over a four-year period.

The agency released a report Thursday using data from law enforcement agencies. The report details the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state from 2013 to 2016.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward.

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NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county commission is scheduled to vote on a symbolic resolution condemning same-sex marriage.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Hamblen County Commission Chairman Louis "Doe" Jarvis says a committee's 7-1 vote in favor of the resolution Monday pushes it to a commission vote scheduled for Dec. 21.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has removed data from its website about the amount of low-level radioactive waste going into landfills.

The Tennessean reports the information had been open to the public for years before the department said it is confidential.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A government witness has testified that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers at the trucking company controlled by his family.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriters Rodney Crowell and Kelsea Ballerini and hit country songwriter Ashley Gorley were honored at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.

Crowell, who announced earlier this year he was cancelling all his 2017 tour dates due to a health issue, was given the Founder's Award and honored with performances by Keith Urban and Vince Gill. The multiple Grammy Award-winner, who turned 67 this year, announced on Twitter last month that he had been diagnosed with dysautonomia, a disorder of the automatic nervous system.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police say they have begun testing officer body cameras.

A Metro Nashville Police news release says 20 officers who volunteer are beginning field trials from four manufacturers this week and next.

Four officers received training on the same cameras Monday and are wearing them in the field.

Cameras from three other manufacturers will soon be issued to other volunteering officers.

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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.

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