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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has named Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The state's highest court made the appointment Monday in the aftermath of a conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member bench. Tennessee is the only state in the country where the high court names the attorney general.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive ballot access rules in the country.

In a lawsuit filed last month, the party claims Tennessee laws violate its members' constitutional rights to free speech, association and equal protection.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their choice for the next state attorney general on Monday.

According to a news release issued Thursday, the announcement will take place at 11 a.m. in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville.

The announcement comes after a week in which the justices held a public hearing, as well as public and personal interviews with candidates for the position.


WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Immigration advocates across the country and here in Tennessee are blasting President Barack Obama over his decision to delay action on immigration until after the November elections.

Two White House officials say the president is concerned that bypassing Congress through executive actions on immigration during the campaign will politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.

Eben Cathey with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition says the president is acting out of what he called “irrational political fear.”


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The gun safety advocacy group Mom’s Demand Action is running a series of provocative full-page ads in newspapers nationwide, including in today’s Tennessean.

The ad is aimed directly at the Kroger food store chain, one of the nation’s largest retailers. The ad shows two men standing in a grocery store aisle. One is a young man carrying a skateboard, the other has an assault type rifle slung over his shoulder.

The ads ask the question: “One of them isn’t welcome at Kroger. Guess which one?”