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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Rutherford County from putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said putting kids in solitary confinement was cruel and inhuman punishment and defendants were not likely to prevail in their lawsuit.

  BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.

Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business in an "extraordinarily dangerous" way by disregarding unsanitary conditions to boost production and make more money.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to require Tennessee school buses to be fitted with seat belts by July 2023 is advancing in the House.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the House Transportation Subcommittee advanced the measure on a voice vote on Wednesday.

The vote came after a pediatric surgeon testified about how three-point safety belts could have benefited children injured in a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children in November.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A voucher bill that would let parents use taxpayer money to spend on private schools has failed to get enough votes to move forward in the state Senate.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, would have let students in failing school districts use the vouchers.

There weren't enough votes in a Senate Education Committee to move the bill forward Wednesday. The bill could potentially be revived if Gardenhire could persuade lawmakers to change their mind.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to require students at public schools and colleges in Tennessee to use restrooms and locker rooms matching the gender listed their birth certificates failed in a Senate committee on Wednesday without debate.

Sen. Mae Beavers, a Mt. Juliet Republican who announced this week that she is exploring a bid for governor in 2018, failed to a receive a motion from any member of the Senate Education Committee. The lack of a motion effectively kills the bill.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a former East Tennessee State University student who police said disrupted an on-campus Black Lives Matter rally while wearing a gorilla mask and carrying a rope and bananas.

Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle confirmed this week to news outlets that a Washington County grand jury indicted Tristan Rettke of Hendersonville on two counts of civil rights intimidation, two counts of disorderly conduct and disrupting a meeting.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to boost transportation funding through Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 has survived a key House committee.

The House Transportation Committee voted 11-7 for the bill that would also cut sales taxes on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and taxes on earnings from stocks and bonds.

Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton of Bean Station voted against the bill because it raises drivers' taxes. In his words: "When you go to the pump, Republicans did it to you. Don't blame the Democrats."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The conservative group Americans for Tax Reform is informing Tennessee lawmakers that a vote for Gov. Bill Haslam's road funding proposals will not violate their pledges to not raise taxes.

The Republican governor's plan would include the state's first gas tax hike since 1989, but would also make a variety of tax cuts in other areas.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee want to examine an African-American man's social media accounts weeks after he was fatally shot in the back by a white police officer following a traffic stop.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2nrZO06 ) reports it has obtained copies of search warrants that show Nashville police are investigating the social media accounts of 31-year-old Jocques Scott Clemmons.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled.

The justices on Monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates Pervis Payne, Michael Sample and Vincent Sims.

The three men said Tennessee has refused to apply a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that affects inmates with borderline cases of intellectual disability.

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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third commercial poultry breeding operation in Tennessee has tested positive for avian flu.

State agricultural officials on Thursday said the latest chicken breeding facility to be infected is in Lincoln County, close to a farm that was diagnosed with bird flu less than two weeks ago. Officials say the chickens at both facilities have the same strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville police department has requested $50.1 million so that all 1,400 of the city's officers can wear body cameras and all police cruisers will be fitted with dash cams.

There has been a growing chorus of demands that police wear body cameras in the wake of several high-profile officer-involved shootings around the nation involving African-Americans.

  TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol agents have arrested a Mexican man who had been deported from the United States last month after serving a prison term for reckless homicide in Tennessee.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say 26-year-old Genaro Galvan-Mora was taken into custody Wednesday evening near Nogales, Arizona.

Authorities learned of his previous conviction during processing.

They say a records check showed Galvan-Mora was convicted in May 2016 on a reckless homicide charge in Loudon County, Tennessee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters and demonstrators converged in the heart of Nashville to greet President Donald Trump's during his Wednesday visit to Middle Tennessee.

A line of Trump supporters waiting to get into the president's rally snaked around Nashville's historic Municipal Auditorium for about a half-mile. Many supporters wore hats that said "Make America Great Again" and sometimes squared off with protesters. However, there didn't appear to be any violence.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case of a woman charged in the death of a Nashville police officer who tried to save her.

The Tennessean  reports Davidson County General Sessions Judge Allegra Walker heard testimony from two police officers before deciding Tuesday that a grand jury should decide what charges 41-year-old Juli Glisson should face. Glisson was initially charged by police with aggravated vehicular homicide in the Feb. 2 incident.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he approves of changes to his transportation funding proposal made in the state Senate earlier this week.

Haslam had originally proposed raising the tax on gasoline by 7 cents per gallon and diesel by 12 cents. The Senate Transportation Committee voted to change the gas tax hike to 6 cents and diesel to 10 cents, phased in over three years.

The panel also added a deeper cut to the sales tax on groceries and added more property tax relief for the elderly, veterans and the disabled.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In his first days in the White House, Donald Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office and likened his new administration to that of the snowy-haired man pictured on the $20 bill.

Trump is likely to revisit Jackson's legacy Wednesday when he lays a wreath at Jackson's tomb at his historic home in Nashville known as the Hermitage. The president also plans to speak at a Nashville rally to replace former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee legislative panel has changed and passed Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation bill, which Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says would ensure people save more in food tax cuts than they'd pay in a gas tax hike.

Norris called the bill a compromise with Haslam as the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee passed it by a 7-1 margin Monday.

Over three years, Norris said the gas tax would increase 6 cents a gallon and the diesel tax would jump 10 cents a gallon. Initially, Haslam proposed a 7-cent gas tax increase and 12-cent diesel hike.

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's My People Fund has issued monthly checks to 921 people who lost their homes in deadly wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee last year.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2mIMi7i) reports that Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson said the fund received more than 80,000 donations in December and January, which has allowed it to issue the checks.

The wildfires struck in November, killing 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and destroying or damaging thousands of buildings.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knox County jury has convicted a woman on charges that she tortured and starved two teenage stepsons.

Forty-year-old Jessica Ann Cox was convicted Saturday of 23 counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of reckless endangerment following a six-day trial.

Prosecutors say the victims were 14 and 16 when they escaped their home in handcuffs in May 2013.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican from a deep red Southern state, has emerged as an unlikely leader of the free tuition movement.

The state made history three years ago when Haslam pushed the passage of an education bill that offers free community college to all new high school graduates, making the Volunteer State the first in the country to do so.

Tennessee also made the state's technical schools free to residents, no matter how long ago they graduated.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has scheduled another campaign rally, this time in Nashville, Tennessee.

The president's campaign website is advertising the event for Wednesday at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

It will be the president's second campaign rally since his inauguration. He held his first last month in Florida.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said the president intends to hit the road to sell the American public on the Republican health care plan that he supports.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have confirmed that a second commercial breeding poultry operation in Tennessee has tested positive for the avian flu.

Officials say the chicken breeding facility is located in Giles County, which lies south of Nashville and is close to the Alabama state line.

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that another farm in southern Tennessee had bird flu. The entire flock of birds in Lincoln County was killed. That farm supplied Tyson foods.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.

The Republican tells The Associated Press he is running on a platform of creating job opportunities for Tennesseans through education.

Boyd stepped down last month as Haslam's economic development commissioner, a position that took him to all 95 counties.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally says in a Facebook post that former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

Longtime legislative aide and friend Nancy Russell told media that Henry died around 11:30 p.m. Sunday surrounded by family and loved ones in his West Meade home.

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