Associated Press

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam must decide Friday whether to sign, veto or allow two contentious Tennessee bills to become law without his signature.

One of the measures awaiting the governor's decision would require the state's attorney general to file a lawsuit over the federal refugee resettlement program. The other would strip funding from the University of Tennessee's office of diversity and direct the money toward minority scholarships.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Vanderbilt poll finds presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee.

The survey released Thursday found Trump with support from 44 percent and Clinton with 35 percent of the 1,001 registered voters polled. Thirteen percent said they were either undecided or said they wouldn't support either candidate.

Of those who said they didn't plan to vote for either Trump or Clinton, 42 percent were Republicans and 22 percent were Democrats.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to have called over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Murfreesboro woman is facing child neglect charges after her toddlers were found wandering a parking lot by themselves.

Media outlets report that residents found the 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy in the lot Sunday and called police.

Detective Tommy Roberts says both children were wearing only night shirts and diapers. Both had cuts and bruises.

 ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the 57-year-old man accused of abducting his niece from school more than a week ago was captured by two men who held him at gunpoint until law enforcement could arrive.