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6:08am

Fri February 28, 2014
Arts

Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg Headline Memphis Music Fest

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the 60-plus acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in May.

The lineup also includes Foster the People, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Motorhead, Patti LaBelle, Avenged Sevenfold and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

The three day festival begins May 2 at Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi.

The festival is part of the month long Memphis in May tourist event, which also features the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

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6:01am

Fri February 28, 2014
Politics

No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss

Senator Bob Corker
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

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12:34pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Politics

Gov. Haslam Punts Medicaid Expansion to the Feds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a counterproposal to Tennessee's efforts to carve out a special deal for Medicaid expansion.

Haslam told reporters Monday that he had met with Sebelius twice during a Washington visit and that she was aware of the state's requests to use the federal money to subsidize private insurance and promote healthier lifestyles through a series of incentives.

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12:31pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Top Stories

UT-Knoxville Sex Week Riles State Lawmakers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has voted to condemn the student organizers of a week long program about sex at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The resolution sponsored by Republican Rep. Richard Floyd of Chattanooga was approved on a 69-17 vote on Monday evening.

Opponents of the university's Sex Week said they object to student fees being used to pay for the event. After state lawmakers objected to last year's event, the university withdrew more than $11,000 in direct funding.

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12:01am

Sun February 23, 2014
Middle East

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 12:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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