Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A high-ranking Washington State officials says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by Gov. Haslam allowing counselors to refuse to treat patients based the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will not go to the National Association of Secretaries of State summer meeting.

tnready.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has abruptly terminated a $107.7 million contract with a testing company following repeated failures with the rollout of the new assessment called TNReady.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday said she'd had enough of the company's repeated delays of shipping test materials and that a number of students in grades 3 through 8 would not be able to take the assessment this year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davidson County district attorney's office says jurors from Memphis will be selected for the retrial of a former Vanderbilt football player who will be retried for rape next month.

DA spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said in an email that jurors will be selected in Memphis and brought to Nashville to decide the fate of Brandon Vandenburg. Vandenburg is one of four former players who was charged with the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican governor says he has signed a bill that allows private mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs as long as an "appropriate referral" can be made to another counselor.

Supporters say the bill protects the rights of therapists and allows them to refer patients to more appropriate counselors.

Haslam says, "Lawyers can do that. Doctors can do that. Why would we take this one class of professionals and say you can't do that?"

charliedaniels.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the honor during a dinner on campus at which the musician donated $70,000 for the center from the Journey Home Project, the charity he founded with his manager and three other people. That brought the total donated by the project to $120,000 for the center on the Murfreesboro campus.

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