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Legal challenges continue to surround a Tennessee death row inmate whose execution has been temporarily halted.

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A doctor says in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's three-drug lethal injection protocol that a man executed last month experienced "torturous effects."

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Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and philanthropist J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III are this year's recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Awards.


Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn will participate in a summit on the opioid crisis as they compete for a critical open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.

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Nissan has announced a $170 million investment at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi to produce the 2019 Altima sedan.


Gov. Bill Haslam says corrections officials have told him Tennessee's first execution since 2009 was handled in a "very professional manner."

Haslam told reporters Tuesday that state corrections officials and others there during Billy Ray Irick's Aug. 9 execution told him "everybody did their job the way it was supposed to" be done.

Irick received a three-drug injection series and was pronounced dead after about 20 minutes. Federal public defender Kelley Henry said witness observations suggest the first drug, midazolam, didn't render Irick fully unconscious.

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The number of Tennessee residents who died of drug overdoses has risen more than 8 percent, setting another record in 2017.


Officials say community college and applied technology students in Tennessee will see minimal increases in tuition this fall.

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Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.