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New Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he's asking his state agencies to assess impacts of the federal government shutdown.

Amid his first Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Lee told reporters he's monitoring impacts, particularly around services like food stamps.

Days before Lee took office Saturday, the state announced it would offer February food stamp benefits on or before Jan. 20, not the first of the month.

Lee said he's also asking agencies to map out theoretical 2 percent budget cuts but hasn't decided whether he'll request them.


Tennessee's newly elected Gov. Bill Lee unveiled one of his most high-profile cabinet positions Thursday, announcing the appointment of an education commissioner touted for her education reform work.

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Tennessee is the latest state to issue February's food stamp benefits early due to the partial government shutdown.

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  Tennessee's corn producers have agreed to raise money to help increase the consumption and sale of corn grown in the state.

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A state government group says Tennessee should still keep a paper trail of voters' ballots roughly 10 years after coming out with a similar recommendation that resulted in little change.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants the public's input on a state plan for future water availability.

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Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has picked the state veterinarian to become his new commissioner of agriculture.

A condemned Tennessee inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his Thursday execution and consider his claims that the electric chair is unconstitutional but the state's lethal injection method is worse.

Attorneys for David Earl Miller filed a petition with the high court Monday after a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the inmate.

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Tennessee Senate Republicans have renominated Randy McNally as speaker and have chosen Jack Johnson as the new majority leader.

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A Tennessee lawsuit urges a judge to deem instant runoff voting legal in the state.