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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a Republican state lawmaker charged with stealing an opponent's yard signs before this month's primary election.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/2bx8IAf ) that state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville has been scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 11 on the misdemeanor charge.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Tennessee man accused of fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter has failed a drug test after bonding out of jail.

Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley tells news outlets that he was notified of Timothy Batt's failed drug screen Friday and has filed a motion to revoke Batts' bond.

Batts posted bond just days after being arrested on reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and other charges in Timea Lashay Batts' death.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Democratic Party in Tennessee's largest county has been disbanded.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/2bDUijw ) that state Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini decertified the Shelby County organization on Friday following years of infighting and embezzlement allegations.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation finds a Tennessee high school basketball program had a "culture of hazing" even before three of its players were charged with the rape of a freshman teammate.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2bqYKF0) reports that the Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to release the findings of the Ooltewah High School investigation, which was conducted by attorney Courtney Bullard.

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MCKENZIE, Tenn. (AP) — Bethel University has filed a lawsuit and obtained a restraining order against state education departments.

The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/2b2ZHmw ) reports that Davidson County Chancery Court issued the restraining order Wednesday against the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Board of Education and others, including Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen.

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