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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP members of the Budget Committee are meeting Tuesday with two top Trump administration officials to plot breaking the budget stalemate.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A public memorial ceremony will be held Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry for Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday.

Fifty-year-old Gentry was from Lexington, Kentucky, and is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry, and daughters Taylor and Kaylee, according to the Opry website. The service will be streamed online as well.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities expect the effects from Hurricane Irma to be felt statewide in Tennessee as it moves into the state.

Forecasters predict the storm will be a tropical depression by the time it arrives near Jackson by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, bringing wind gusts up to 55 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for portions of southern Tennessee and a wind advisory starting Monday afternoon across central and eastern sections of the state, especially in higher elevations.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," has died. He was 78.

A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said he died Friday after a short illness.

Williams had 17 No. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner and Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs, in defiance of President Donald Trump.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been electrocuted during relief work in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

News outlets quote Bryan Simons of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office in Texas as saying 22-year-old Lachlan Brain of Winchester, Tennessee, was electrocuted Tuesday when he became entangled in high-tension power lines. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats calmly discussed ways to curb premium increases for individual insurance policies on Wednesday at a Senate hearing that veered away from years of fierce partisanship over the failed GOP effort to revoke President Barack Obama's health care law.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislative leaders are setting up a special committee to examine whether medical marijuana should be legalized in Tennessee.

WKRN-TV reports that the panel appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville and Senate Speaker Randy McNally of Oak Ridge includes eight Republicans and two Democrats. The panel is co-chaired by Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby and Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville, two Republicans who this year sponsored unsuccessful medical marijuana legislation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's call to remove a bust of a Confederate cavalry general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol building is getting its first hearing this week.

The State Capitol Commission is scheduled to meet on Friday to consider Haslam's renewed request to relocate the bust. It's the first step in a lengthy process laid out by Tennessee's "Heritage Protection Act."

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation into election law violations during a municipal election in Tennessee has resulted in charges for three people, including a county commissioner and a city alderman.

The Kingsport Times-News reports that Bluff City Alderman John Harrison, Sullivan County Commissioner Sherry Grubb and Brooke Morrell were each served on a charge of election law violation Friday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Chris Young is donating $100,000 for disaster relief efforts in Texas.

Nashville-based Monarch Publicity says in a news release that Young lived in Arlington, Texas, before signing with RCA records and has family and close friends in Hurricane Harvey's path.

Young says in the statement that communities in Texas "are going to be dealing with so much damage and loss of life for a long time to come."

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Mae Beavers says she will resign from the state Senate so she can focus on her bid for Tennessee governor.

Beavers got choked up at a press conference in her home town of Mt. Juliet on Wednesday when she announced her plan to step down next week from the chamber she has served in since 2002.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White and the prolific Memphis Horns duo of Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson are among this year's Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees.

The hall announced Monday seven new inductees into the pantheon of musical greats who have strong connections to Memphis. Previous inductees include Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Justin Timberlake and Three 6 Mafia.

Orbison recorded at Sun Records in Memphis, and White was born in the city. Love and Jackson recorded and lived in Memphis.

  HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army has identified five soldiers who are missing nearly a week after a helicopter crashed during offshore training in Hawaii.

Officials suspended the search for the soldiers Monday.

1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey of Hope Mills, North Carolina was among the missing. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber of Decatur, Alabama and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell of Wichita Falls, Texas were also on the helicopter.

Also missing are Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Sgt. Michael Nelson of Antioch, Tennessee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Long security lines and big crowds are expected at Nashville's airport as visitors fly out from their eclipse-viewing trips.

Nashville International Airports says about 24,500 travelers passengers are scheduled to depart on flights Tuesday. On an average day, about 18,000 people fly out of the airport.

The airport suggests arriving at least two hours early, and says the place is expected to be particularly packed in the morning.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Associated Press)  --  Eclipse viewers, many of them slathered with sunscreen, streamed into the noisy Nashville Zoo hours early to see both the eclipse and animals' weird reactions to it.

Zoo spokesman Jim Bartoo said people were camping out at the zoo entrance at 6 a.m., three hours before the gates opened and seven-and-a-half hours before totality.

Paulette Simmons of Nashville came to the zoo after a doctor's appointment, saying she decided on the location because she wanted to see how the animals reacted.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator says Donald Trump has not yet shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed.

Bob Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, called for "radical changes" in how the Trump White House operates. He spoke Thursday to local reporters in Chattanooga.

His comments come two days after Trump declared at a news conference that white supremacists don't bear all the blame for the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic congressman from Tennessee says he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump following his comments on the white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis said Thursday that the Republican president's statements about the clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, show he should be removed from office.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims a Tennessee sheriff and judge violated inmates' constitutional rights by reducing their jail time if they underwent birth control procedures.

Mike Donovan, whose group Nexus Services Inc. is funding the lawsuit, said during a news conference Thursday that White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Deputy Donna Daniels and Judge Sam Benningfield pushed a policy that amounts to eugenics.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied the state's bid to appeal a ruling that permits attorneys for former Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams to seek social media communications from witnesses for their upcoming rape trials.

This ruling enables lawyers to pursue those communications by issuing subpoenas to witnesses, including the woman who says Johnson and Williams raped her on November 2014.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal data shows the number of senior citizens in Tennessee who are hospitalized due to painkillers has more than tripled over the last decade.

The Tennessean reports the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data showed that in 2005, 467 seniors out of every 100,000 spent time in the hospital due to opioids. In 2015, the rate had increased to 1,505.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has named two prominent former politicians from either end of Tennessee as co-chairman for her gubernatorial bid.

Black says former state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will hold the leadership positions in her campaign.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An autopsy has found that the son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry died from a combination of several drugs, including two opioids.

The Tennessean reports that the drugs found in Max Barry's system after his death were Xanax, marijuana, methadone and hydromorphone. The autopsy also found he had recently used cocaine.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — A family has filed a $30 million lawsuit against a private Christian school in Tennessee, alleging failure to act after a 12-year-old student was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by teenage boys.

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