Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Murfreesboro woman is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for $2.5 million because she says the organization harvested her husband's organs after his death last year even though he was not a donor.

The Tennessean ( reports Wanda Frierson says poor care led to her husband's death and that the agency allowed Tennessee Donor Services to take her husband's organs without authorization.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are enrolled compared to 116 current lawmakers.

The newspaper reports that state law allows those elected to the state Legislature to remain on the taxpayer-subsidized state employee health plan for life, though they are required to pay premiums.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Vanderbilt University poll finds an overwhelming majority of Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents.

The results of the survey released Wednesday also finds that about two in three voters find the state Legislature does not spend enough time on issues they care about, though the General Assembly's 55 percent popularity rating remained unchanged from the university's last poll in November.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has heard arguments over whether to change the controversial Civil War names of three Memphis parks.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) three judges met with the attorneys involved in the legal battle on Tuesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The price of cigarettes is going up in Tennessee, but the proceeds won't be landing in state tax coffers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports ( ) that under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the minimum markup on cigarettes — which retailers say covers the "cost of doing business" — will rise from 41 cents on each pack of cigarettes to 76 cents per pack over the next two years.