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Legacy: Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. For more than...

‘Do I get a stimulus check?’ That answer and more!

Here are some questions and answers about how the unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package  signed into law Friday may help you: Who is getting a check? Everyone earning up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income — the income on your tax return — and who...

Gov. Lee expects ‘significant’ unemployment pay boost

by Adrian Sainz and Jonathan Mattise -- Gov. Bill Lee said Friday in Memphis that he expects a big jump in unemployment payouts to Tennessee residents under legislation passed by Congress for those who lost work to the coronavirus pandemic. Lee told reporters he doesn’t know the...

Tennessee weekly jobless claims 14 times higher amid virus

by Jonathan Mattise and Adrian Sainz —  NASHVILLE — Tennessee saw more than 14 times as many new unemployment claims filed last week compared to the previous one, quantifying some of the economic consequences of a global coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered businesses to curb...

Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill

By Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro --  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement Wednesday on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the largest economic rescue...

St. Jude limits visits, cancels events as virus precautions

by Adrain Sainz -- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is limiting visits, calling off conferences and campus tours, and restricting patient and family events after the new coronavirus was confirmed in Shelby County. The children’s cancer research hospital released a list of virus-related policies after...

Trump surveys tornado damage, marvels at ‘tremendous heart’

by Darlene Superville — COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump on Friday toured a neighborhood reduced to rubble by a tornado earlier this week and marveled at “the tremendous heart” he witnessed. He also offered a message for survivors and those who lost family...

Warren ends presidential campaign, centering race on two men

by Bill Weissert — WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren ended her once-promising presidential campaign on Thursday after failing to finish higher than third place in any of the 18 states that have voted so far. While the Massachusetts senator said she was proud of her...

Tennessee sees first confirmed case of new coronavirus

NASHVILLE — Tennessee has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, state Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey announced in a Thursday morning news conference. The patient is an adult male living in Williamson County who recently traveled out of the state. The patient...

Democrats prefer Biden in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in Tennessee, a state that woke up on Super Tuesday to mass tornado damage across Nashville and other parts of the state. The overnight tornadoes resulted in at least 24 dead and...