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Tennessee House Speaker To Resign Amid Text Message Scandal
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE, AP
Republican Glen Casada had previously shrugged off the results of a no-confidence vote.
Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Still Won't Resign Despite No Confidence Vote
Republican Glen Casada, who has been dogged by scandals, shrugged off a no-confidence vote issued by the state's House GOP caucus on Monday.
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Tennessee Official Refuses To Apologize For Anti-Muslim Comments
In a series of Facebook posts, Craig Northcott claimed Islam and all Muslims are inherently "evil." Muslim groups say he's unfit to serve as a district attorney.
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Tennessee School Stops Teaching Kids To Do Nazi Salute After Student Pushes Back
An 11-year-old was removed from class for speaking out repeatedly against her classmates giving the Sieg Heil salute.
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Christian Leaders Say Man On Death Row Has Repented And Should Be Spared
They're asking Tennessee's governor to grant clemency to Donnie Edward Johnson, who is set to die May 16 for a 1984 murder.
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Former Lawyer Becomes First Black Female Episcopal Bishop In The South
The Rev. Phoebe Roaf is only the fifth black woman to become a bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church.
Tennessee House Speaker Refuses To Resign Despite Sexually Charged Texts
Republican Glen Casada said he was "embarrassed" by the messages but characterized them as mere "locker room talk."
Tennessee House Speaker’s Chief Of Staff Resigns Over Vulgar, Racist Texts
Glen Casada's longtime aide, Cade Cothren, has been accused of sending sexually explicit texts to an intern, using a racial slur and doing drugs on the job.
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Rachel Held Evans, Progressive Christian Author, Dead At 37
She served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Civil Rights Groups Sue Tennessee Over New Law That Puts Voter Registration Drives At Risk
The law, effective Oct. 1, calls for fines if at least 100 incomplete voter applications are turned in. It also allows criminal penalties for knowingly breaking the rules.
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Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Dragging 4-Year-Old By Ankles
Officials from the Tennessee school where the alleged incident took place suspended the teacher within 30 minutes of learning about it.
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Tennessee Kills Bill That Would Have Allowed LGBTQ Adoption Refusals For Now
By Kimberlee Kruesi, AP
There was no debate or explanation as to why the bill was withdrawn from the state's GOP-dominant Senate.
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Tennessee Lawmakers Consider Fines And Criminal Penalties For Voter Registration Drives
Activists say the measure would chill efforts to register people in a state that already has significant problems with voter registration and turnout.
Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 To LGBTQ Advocacy Group In Tennessee
In the singer's letter to the organization, she wrote that she felt “inspired” by its work combating a series of anti-LGBTQ bills in the state.
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She Was Helping People Get IDs. She Wound Up Getting Kicked Out Of The DMV.
A county clerk accused an organizer of soliciting in a government building. The organizer said she was passing out flyers to people interested in getting help.
Country Star Brad Paisley Breaks Ground On Free Grocery Shop In Nashville
By Kristin M. Hall, AP
The store will operate like a real grocery store so that people can go shopping through the aisles, but no money will change hands.
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Tennessee Bill Would Allow Adoption Groups To Turn Away LGBTQ People
By Kimberlee Kruesi, AP
Under the proposed law, denied applicants wouldn't be able to sue an agency for damages if faith was cited as a reason.
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More Than 120 Faith Leaders Denounce Tennessee Bills That Would Cut LGBTQ Rights
Progressive clergy are speaking out against a slate of anti-LGBTQ measures pending in the state legislature.
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Tennessee House Advances Fetal Heartbeat Bill To Ban Most Early Abortions
The bill would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically about six weeks into a pregnancy.
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Man Accused Of Dipping Testicles In Salsa As Revenge For Low Tip
The Tennessee man, who was sitting in a food delivery vehicle, allegedly says on the video, “Oh, oh, it feels good."
Tennessee House Speaker Defends Lawmaker On Sex Assault Allegations: 'If I Was Raped, I Would Move'
Three women have accused state Rep. David Byrd of sexually assaulting them when he was their high school basketball coach in the 1980s.
Prosecutors: Man Asked For Video Of Rape Before Helping Teen
By Ivan Moreno, AP
Bryan Rogers of Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
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Ex-Teacher Tad Cummins Sentenced In Kidnapping Of His Student
The Tennessee father of two committed a "pretty despicable crime," the judge said.
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Trump Was Set To See Farmers In Nashville, Except They Were In New Orleans
"Geography is hard," notes a tweet.
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States Are Sweating The Federal Shutdown: ‘We Need To Start Taking This Seriously’
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Arizona, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah didn’t get reimbursed for using their own money to keep national parks open during a 2-week shutdown in 2013.
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Woman Catches A 'River Monster' And Has The Footage To Prove It
"I never in my life seen a fish this big," Paula Cathey Smith exclaimed of her 88-pound catfish haul.
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