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As interim AD, Candice Storey Lee focused only on Vanderbilt coaches, players, staff

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By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Candice Storey Lee won't talk about how long she might be in charge of Vanderbilt's athletic department, having already made history as the first black woman to hold that job in the Southeastern Conference. However long this...

THE CONVERSATION: Is hiring more black officers the key to reducing police violence?

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Jennifer Cobbina, Michigan State University High-profile cases of officer brutality against black citizens in recent years have caused Americans to question the racial makeup of their police departments. Many advocates believe that diversifying these forces will help reduce police violence against people of color. My research suggests...

Tennessee inmate indicted in death of TDOC prison administrator Debra Johnson

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press A Tennessee inmate accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor has been indicted on charges including premeditated murder and rape. The indictment obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday charges Curtis Ray Watson on 15 counts...

Valanciunas scores 26, leads Grizzlies over Pistons 96-82

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By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press Jonas Valanciunas relishes the chance to battle a worthy big man under the basket. "It's always a pleasure to fight down low, and not chase the guys on the 3-point line," the Memphis center said with a laugh. In a battle with...

In State of the State address, Gov. Bill Lee proposes $117M for teacher pay raises

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By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Lee declared Monday that his proposal to funnel an additional $117 million to K-12 teacher salaries would be the largest investment in teacher pay in Tennessee history. Lee made the announcement during his second...

Sen. Lamar Alexander to vote against calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

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By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seems headed for acquittal in his impeachment trial after Sen. Lamar Alexander's decision to stick with fellow Republicans and oppose Democratic efforts to call more witnesses and keep the Senate...

After late game skirmish in MSG, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Guduric suspended for Pelicans game

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By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marko Guduric of the Memphis Grizzlies and Knicks guard Elfrid Payton were suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for their roles in an altercation between the teams. New...

TIGER BASKETBALL: Memphis hangs on to beat UCF, 59-57

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Lance Thomas scored a career-high 20 points and Memphis held off UCF 59-57 on Wednesday night. Thomas was 8-of-11 shooting, including four 3-pointers, two in the final 3-minutes, each giving the Tigers a five-point lead. Ceasar DeJesus made a jumper for UCF with...

Brooks scores 27 as Grizzlies battle past Knicks 127-106

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NEW YORK — Dillon Brooks scored 27 points, Ja Morant had 18 points and 10 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies cruised to their fourth straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 127-106 on Wednesday night. Tempers flared with 48 seconds left in regulation when Knicks...

Tennessee lawmakers debate Confederate bust removal

by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers appear divided over a proposal supporting the removal of a bust honoring a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the state's Capitol. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure would encourage replacing...