Associated Press

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say more than a dozen people were injured when a small bus carrying 16 youths on a mission trip ran off a Tennessee road and stopped in a ditch.

Cleveland Police Department spokeswoman Evie West says the accident happened about 8:45 Friday morning. She says the driver and 16 youths ranging in age from about 11 to 17 were taken to a hospital. Some were taken by ambulance and some by bus. West says no one appeared to be seriously injured.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a Nashville judge not to declare a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm room rape of a student.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that prosecutors have rebutted defense attorneys' arguments that one juror intentionally did not disclose he was a statutory rape victim.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says people who may have been in contact with a woman with a rare and deadly form of tuberculosis will be tested.

In April, the woman traveled from India to the United States, arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. She spent time in Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois before growing sick and being admitted to an isolation unit at a suburban Chicago hospital.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than half of the 2,000 buyout applications offered to state employees have been sent to workers in two state agencies: the departments of transportation and human services.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters this week that the buyouts are part of his ongoing efforts to restructure state government. Haslam said the offers are based on job classifications that have become obsolete.

John Jay Hooker pleads for physician-assisted suicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Longtime civil rights activist John Jay Hooker pleaded before a state Senate committee for a bill to allow physician-assisted suicide.

The 84-year-old former Democratic nominee for governor has terminal cancer. He showed up yesterday at a meeting of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee in a wheelchair. At times Hooker struggled to catch his breath, but with a Bible in hand he spoke passionately about the issue.