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Teachers' union files 2nd test scores lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee's largest teachers' union is suing Gov. Bill Haslam and State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

They’re named in the latest Tennessee Education Association lawsuit, which also includes the Knox County Board of Education as a defendant.

It's the second lawsuit this month the agency has filed against the Knox County board. Both claim student test scores used to assess two teachers' performances were flawed and cost them bonuses.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to sign a bill to allow supermarket wine sales into law on Thursday.

But that doesn't mean your neighborhood grocery store will be able to stock your favorite merlot or chardonnay any time soon.

The measure passed after years of legislative debate requires voters to first approve supermarket wine sales in a referendum. And even after that, the earliest wine could be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores would be in the summer of 2016 — or a year later if they are located near an existing liquor store.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 20-12 on Thursday. The House version was approved 62-30 last year. It must now approve technical changes made by the Senate before heading to the governor for his consideration.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam is pushing Tennessee legislators to back down in their attempts to dial back the state's new Common Core education standards.

Haslam traveled to appearances in all three of the state’s grand divisions yesterday to rally parents and educators in support of the standards. At an event in Smyrna, Haslam touted academic progress under his leadership.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.