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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Mark Green is the first among a bevy of potential candidates to take a formal step toward entering the Tennessee governor's race in 2018.

Green in his Registry of Election Finance filing named Bob Yates as his political treasurer. That step is required for candidates to begin raising or spending money for their campaigns.

  

  

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Peay coach Dave Loos is taking a leave of absence to continue chemotherapy for a cancerous lymph node.

School officials say it's unclear how long Loos will be away. Assistant coach Jay Bowen will take over in Loos' absence, starting with Thursday's game at Tennessee Tech.

Athletic director Ryan Ivey says Thursday "our thoughts and prayers continue to be with (Loos) and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican donor Andy Miller Jr., who has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Tennessee candidates for state and federal offices, is moving to Kansas.

WSMV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ifn0cn ) that Miller announced on his Facebook page that he was relocating to a 1,000 acre property in Comanche County, Kansas. In Miller's words in a Facebook comment: "Being a Rancher is more my style."

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — With just over three weeks remaining until he presents his annual Tennessee spending plan to lawmakers, Gov. Bill Haslam is still trying to find what he calls a "comfort level" with lawmakers on his efforts to boost transportation funding in the state.

Haslam argues that the state doesn't bring in enough money to meet its road building and maintenance needs through its 21.4-cent gas tax. The governor says there's a $6 billion backlog in state road projects awaiting funding.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Events begin Thursday in Memphis to mark what would have been Elvis Presley's 82nd birthday, with a cake-cutting ceremony on the front lawn of his home at Graceland.

A total of 164 pieces have been consigned for an auction to be held Saturday at The Guest House at Graceland, where birthday celebration events are being held for the first time.

Many of the authenticated artifacts come from Elvis' theatrical and musical careers, though some are tokens and gifts.

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