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‘Empire’ actor goes from victim to accused felon in 3 weeks

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By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The whispers about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist, anti-gay slurs and looped a rope...

Tennessee gov site to take input on bills awaiting signature

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has set up a website that will accept public comments on bills that have passed and are awaiting his decision. Lee says the feature is part of a push for transparency and open government. He said it will bring more Tennesseans...

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Nearly half of Tennessean students not college ready, report says

NASHVILLE — New state data shows that nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed some sort of remedial classes during their first year of college. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission released the numbers this week which have...

Grizzlies head into All-Star Break with 110-122 loss to Chicago Bulls

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By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. scored a career-high 37 points on 16-for-20 shooting, Robin Lopez added season-high 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 122-110 on Wednesday night. Lauri Markkanen added 21 points as Chicago ended a franchise-record...

Grizzlies scrap and scrape in razor-thin loss to Spurs

With very little time remaining in Tuesday's game against San Antonio at FedExForum, Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. had a chance to tie the game with two free throws. He missed the first, and, in attempting to miss the second, banked it in, giving...

Trial set in Lorenzen Wright’s 2010 fatal shooting

by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change...

In Democratic response, Abrams sharply rebukes Trump

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by Bill Barrow -- ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. Just months after narrowly losing her bid to become America's first black woman...

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Tennessee to offer Real-ID compliant cards in July

NASHVILLE — Tennessee will begin offering residents the option to upgrade their driver’s license starting July 1 to meet federal requirements that will affect air travel. Officials with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security told lawmakers on Tuesday that Tennesseans aren’t required to get...

Ex-Tennessee nurse accused of fatal drug swap error indicted

NASHVILLE — A former hospital nurse in Tennessee has been indicted on accusations that she accidentally gave a drug used in executions to a patient who then died. News outlets cite a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation saying 35-year-old Radonda Leanne Vaught was...

GOP leaders seek to limit local community oversight panels

by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation limiting the powers of community oversight boards just months after Democratic-leaning Nashville passed a referendum establishing such a group to investigate police misconduct claims. State Rep. Michael Curcio, the Republican sponsoring...