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Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction overturned by court

by Maryclaire Dale -- PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction Wednesday after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case. Cosby has served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence...

Tuskegee relatives promote COVID-19 vaccines in ad campaign

by Lindsey Tanner -- Tuskegee is the one-word answer some people give as a reason they’re avoiding COVID-19 vaccines. A new ad campaign launched Wednesday with relatives of men who unwittingly became part of the infamous experiment wants to change minds. Omar Neal, 63, a former...

Tennessee sued over new transgender bathroom sign law

by Jonathan Mattise --  NASHVILLE — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging Tennessee’s first-of-its-kind law that requires businesses and government facilities to post signs if they let transgender people use multiperson public bathrooms of their choice, seeking to block the...

Mayors — 11 of them — commit to develop reparations pilot projects

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Eleven U.S. mayors - from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma - have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government...

Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis now on duty!

The first woman to lead the Memphis Police Department was welcomed on Monday as she began her first day on the job. “I was proud to participate in the pinning ceremony this morning of our new Police Chief C.J. Davis,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted. The...

Tennessee to funnel $52M more into Memphis megasite

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that the state will pour $52 million into building a complicated wastewater discharge pipeline into a sprawling site that has failed to land potential tenants due to a lack of infrastructure buildout. The Memphis Regional Megasite, located...

Expert to study mental disabilty claim of death row inmate

An expert hired by a state prosecutors’ office can conduct a mental evaluation of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed for the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago, a...

Kayaker’s photos show crack in closed I-40 bridge in 2016

Photos taken by a Mississippi River kayaker about five years before a crack was found in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas appear to show the fracture that led transportation officials to close the span indefinitely last week. Arkansas transportation officials said they...

With I-40 bridge closed, backup route gets inspection

An inspection of the Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas began Tuesday, a week after the span became the states’ primary Mississippi River crossing when a cracked steel beam prompted the indefinite closure of the nearby Interstate 40 bridge. Inspectors using drones were looking...

Mississippi River opened near Memphis under damaged bridge

by Adrian Sainz and Andrew DeMillo -- The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that river traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas. More...