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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reaffirmed its prior judgment that the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Friday opinion of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals primarily concerns six Catholic groups in Tennessee and Michigan that claim the mandate violates their religious beliefs.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say more than $450,000 was spent on a controversial state anti-DUI campaign that many called sexist.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1JgMy47 ) Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, said Wednesday that by the time the state ended the campaign in July, $456,923 had been spent. Poole says the projected budget for the campaign was over $725,000.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of a new abortion law that could force two clinics to close.

The Tennessean reports that U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp ordered the injunction Thursday. It applies to only Davidson and Sullivan counties. It bars their district attorneys from enforcing a law requiring abortion clinics to meet strict new standards.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is bringing his transportation funding road show to Nashville on Thursday amid increasing skepticism among fellow Republicans in the Legislature about the need to raise Tennessee's gas tax.

The governor launched the 15-stop tour in Memphis last week, as he seeks to draw attention to the transportation funding challenges facing the state. Haslam has stopped short of making any specific recommendations on how to fund a backlog of projects around the state, but most observers believe it will involve efforts to increase the state's gas tax.

Barry and Fox face September 10 runoff election

Aug 7, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville mayor’s race is headed for a September runoff.

WSMV-TV says candidates Megan Barry and David Fox will face each other  in a runoff election September 10.

With all precincts reporting Barry earned 24,449 votes, while Fox picked up 23,711 votes.

Bill Freeman, who spent $4.5 million dollars of his own money on the campaign, came in third with just over 22,000 votes.

If she wins election, Barry would be the first woman and the first Metro Council member to serve as mayor of Nashville.