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LA VERGNE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a high school wrestler was killed in a car crash on Interstate 24 in La Vergne, and his teammate who was driving the vehicle could face criminal charges.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Daniel J. Winters of Murfreesboro died after the vehicle struck a rock wall and overturned around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

THP Lt. Bill Miller told The Associated Press later Sunday that criminal charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Michael Brobeck. An investigation is ongoing.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Actor and bestselling author Hill Harper will be the keynote speaker for Middle Tennessee State University's Black History Month celebration.

Harper is scheduled to speak Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the university's campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Harper is best known for his roles in the television series "CSI: NY" and "Covert Affairs." The Harvard University law school graduate is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including "Letters to a Young Brother."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver his annual State of the State address to the Tennessee Legislature on Monday evening.

The address comes a week after a special session in which the Republican governor failed to pass his proposal to extend health insurance to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

Haslam said a day after the proposal's defeat that his next challenge will be to keep Tennessee's rigorous education standards while abandoning the "worthless" brand of Common Core despised by groups ranging from teachers to tea partiers.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The state's largest teachers union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's use of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.

 

The TEA has long argued that the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS data, shouldn't be relied upon because it's a statistical estimate and could lead to a flawed evaluation of a teacher.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis has filed legislation that would use revenue from municipal red light cameras to send students to college.

Harris said the proposal filed this week will create a new scholarship opportunity for students. Under the proposal, all revenue generated by new red light camera contracts after July 1, 2015, would go to the Drive to College scholarship.

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