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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled.

 A statement released Wednesday by her record label said the 85-year-old singer-songwriter is back at her home in Tennessee after a stay at a rehabilitation facility. Lynn said she's getting stronger every day and her main focus is on making a full recovery.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is urging officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general from in front of a county courthouse, echoing similar efforts throughout the South.

Elenora Woods, president of the NAACP's Chattanooga chapter, said Wednesday that the group will write letters to local leaders asking for the statue of Alexander P. Stewart to be moved from the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and three others to federal district court judgeships.

On Thursday, Trump nominated Norris for judge in western Tennessee.

The Collierville Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and has been majority leader since 2007. He works in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP.

Trump also nominated Thomas Lee Robinson Parker in western Tennessee. He's a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan pledged on Wednesday to passing a "strong, bold" Russia sanctions bill even as President Donald Trump's spy chief voiced concerns over the legislation that aims to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election.

"I'm a Russia hawk," Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. "We want to move this Russia sanctions bill."

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple has been charged in the death of their 11-month-old daughter, who authorities say died after being left in a hot car.

Chattanooga police arrested Travis McCullough, 30, and Jessica Tollett, 24, on Sunday in connection with the baby's death on Saturday, news outlets reported.

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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A trial in the disappearance and killing of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo has been delayed until September.

Media outlets report that Judge C. Creed McGinley on Thursday postponed the trial of Zachary Adams until Sept. 11 after new evidence was discovered in the case.

Adams has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, rape and murder charges. His trial had been set to begin Monday in Savannah.

Bobo was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in Parsons in April 2011. Her disappearance led to a massive search in Tennessee and the South.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean raised $1.2 million through the first half of the year for his bid for Tennessee governor, the Democrat's campaign announced Thursday.

The campaign said it had received more than 3,000 contributions since Dean formally entered the race in March, with all but 3 percent coming from within the state.

"We're going to be able to mount a very serious, strong campaign," Dean said in a phone interview.

About four in five donations being made online, and a majority of those online contributions were for $25 or less.

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 JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been indicted in the death of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent.

The Jackson Sun reports that 24-year-old Brenden Burns will be arraigned Monday on charges including first-degree murder in the August 2016 fatal shooting of TBI Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top elections official says state law doesn't allow him to release the voter information requested by a commission appointed by President Donald Trump to probe allegations of voter fraud.

In a statement Friday, Secretary of State Tre Hargett said he appreciates the commission's goal to address election issues, including voter fraud. But the law won't let him divulge the information sought.

Trump established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by executive order in May.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rising and declining taxes, an abortion ban and an option to use metal detectors or allow arms in public places are among the many new laws taking effect in Tennessee on Saturday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Robertson County Sherif''s office says one of its deputies has improved to stable condition after being shot multiple times during a struggle with an inmate who was killed.

On Friday, Robertson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Martin updated the status of 36-year-old Deputy Josh Wiley in a news release.

A Nashville police statement says Wiley and Deputy Tomisha Jones were taking convicted bank robber 37-year-old Rodney L. Cole to a medical clinic Wednesday when the inmate asked to go to the bathroom and Wiley escorted him there.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans on Friday to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law by "immediately" repealing it and replacing it later, a formula that GOP leaders dismissed months ago as politically unwise.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

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  SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the capture of two escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two guards on a prison bus (all times local):

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A Georgia sheriff says it's too early to tell when two inmates accused in the killings of two guards on a prison bus will be returned to the state after their capture in Tennessee.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were caught Thursday in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a multi-state manhunt that began Tuesday morning.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was convicted of planning an attack on a New York mosque has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

WTVC-TV in Chattanooga reports that a judge sentenced 65-year-old Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain to 235 months on Wednesday.

He was convicted in February of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and solicitation to commit arson of a building. A judge threw out two other guilty verdicts for threats in interstate commerce.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in August in a case aimed at nullifying a vote on a Tennessee constitutional amendment that allows more abortion restrictions.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set an Aug. 2 court date in Cincinnati over the favorable vote in 2014.

The amendment says that nothing in the state constitution "secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It empowered state lawmakers to "enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration's legal team is very confident about the constitutionality of a new law that lets judges toughen sentences for defendants in the country illegally at the time of their crimes.

The Republican governor on Tuesday stressed that the law says judges may consider the sentencing enhancement, but they don't have to apply it.

On Friday, Haslam signed the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Gant of Rossville and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee county prosecutors and the guardian of a baby born dependent on drugs have filed a lawsuit against the makers of several opioid drugs, accusing the companies of unleashing an epidemic by deceptive marketing practices that downplayed the addiction risks with their painkillers.

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  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A new economic report shows housing prices are increasing across the state and rising higher than the rest of the U.S.

A report released by the Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center shows the cost of buying a home went up in the last year in every area of the state tracked, with Nashville seeing the most dramatic increase.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner says he shouldn't have to serve a life sentence for a crime committed when he was 14 — a slaying that garnered international attention in 1997 because prosecutors said it was part of a satanic ritual.

In legal filings, Jason Bryant points to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison except in the most extreme cases. Those involved in the slayings deny it was part of any sort of ritual.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee campaign finance officials have imposed a nearly $465,000 fine on a former lawmaker who was expelled from the General Assembly last year amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.

The Tennessean reports that it's the largest fine ever imposed by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Jeremy Durham was drummed out of the state House in September amid allegations that earned him the nickname "Pants Candy" by women working at the Capitol.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has confirmed she will seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Tennessean reports that Blackburn's bid for a ninth term puts an end to speculation in some circles that she might instead try to run for statewide office next year.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker hasn't yet announced whether he will seek a third six-year term, though he is widely expected to run. Meanwhile, several Republicans are expected to join next year's race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

Tennessee's congressional delegation announced the move Tuesday in a joint news release.

Thompson died in 2015. He was 73.

The Senate voted last month on a resolution that had already been passed by the House.

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  MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee is at a crossroads as organizers deal with last year's plummeting ticket sales while engaging in talks to extend their agreement with Coffee County.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2rCiNVC ) the festival's current deal to pay Coffee County $30,000 plus $3 per ticket sold is set to expire after this year's festival. Ticket sales at the festival fell by 28,000 in 2016, reaching an all-time low of 45,553.

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