Associated Press


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mother-daughter country duo The Judds are reuniting after nearly five years to perform a series of shows in Las Vegas.

AEG Live and The Venetian casino announced on Monday that Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna will perform nine shows Oct. 7 through Oct. 24 at The Venetian Theatre.

The Kentucky-born singers released their last album, "Love Can Build a Bridge," 25 years ago and Naomi retired in the early 1990s due to hepatitis, but Wynonna continued on as a solo artist.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee couple who fostered a girl for 8 ½ years until her biological father was released from prison and won custody of her say they are giving up their fight to have her returned to them.

WSMV-TV reports Dave and Kim Hodgin released a statement Monday announcing "with broken hearts" they are ending their legal battle.

The child was 9 years old when she was returned to John McCaul in Omaha, Nebraska, in January 2014. The Hodgin family of Dickson said earlier this year they have had no contact with her since.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams is scheduled to go on trial Monday to face aggravated rape charges.

Williams and former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson each face two charges of aggravated rape in which the other is said to have aided and abetted. According to Knoxville police, the woman said the incident occurred at an apartment in the early-morning hours of Nov. 16.

Johnson was granted a motion for a separate trial, which is set for Sept. 29.

Diocese of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against six Catholic groups in Tennessee and Michigan that claim the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act violates their religious beliefs.

On Friday, the Cincinnati based federal court reaffirmed its prior judgment that the mandate does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kickoff his Tennessee Promise program.

The scholarship provides high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at a state community or technical college, which begin classes on Monday.

The Republican governor is scheduled to visit Cleveland State Community College and Nashville State Community College on Monday, and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis on Tuesday.