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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state agency that defends death row inmates has pulled out of a lawsuit after being criticized for using taxpayer dollars to pay for a legal battle that seeks information on the drugs and people involved in executions while also challenging a law that says electrocution can be used as an alternative to lethal injection.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial, saying a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

The juror, 31-year-old Todd Easter, testified Monday during a hearing that he didn't withhold information because he doesn't consider himself a victim.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a class-action lawsuit that claims the state left thousands of TennCare applicants in indefinite limbo, with their applications neither approved nor rejected.

In a brief to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for Tennessee say the original plaintiffs already have enrolled in TennCare, with the state's help. They argue that because their grievances were resolved, the case shouldn't have been certified as a class action.

Groups sue for tribal recognition, seeking $36M in damages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders of three Tennessee groups stripped of their short-lived recognition as American Indian tribes have filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than $36 million in damages.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1fciwRO ) that the lawsuit was filed last month in a Knoxville U.S. District Court against former state Attorney General Bob Cooper and Deputy Attorney General Janet Kleinfelter, who voided the recognition.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Decades after the slaying, a Murfreesboro pastor and the man who killed his father are planning on telling their story as friends.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1BbV0ht ) reports New Vision Baptist Church pastor Phillip Robinson has befriended Ron Hammer, who killed Robinson's father Wayne Robinson in 1986. The two will speak at the pastor's church on Sunday morning. Hammer had planned to attend, but will appear to the congregation online via Skype.

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