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Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets’ care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets. “Our veterans have fulfilled their duty to ...

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Ex-football player charged in rape, victim testify in trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A female student who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room and one of the former Vanderbilt University football players charged with assaulting her both broke down in tears as they testified Wednesday in the athlete’s trial. Visibly shaken during her 16 minutes on ...

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McNally joins executive panel of lieutenant governors’ group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Senate Speaker Randy McNally has been named to the executive committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. McNally is an Oak Ridge Republican who was elected by Senate colleagues to run the upper chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly in January. He succeeded longtime Speaker ...

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Attorney to challenge law used in gorilla mask case

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a former Eastern Tennessee State University student says his client was acting within his First Amendment rights when police say he disrupted an on-campus Black Lives Matter rally while wearing a gorilla mask and carrying a rope and bananas. News outlets report ...

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Commission urges Title IX reforms at University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An independent commission says the University of Tennessee should improve its responses to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. The commission made its recommendations public on Saturday, nearly a year after the university agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million to settle a Title ...

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GOP preparing for Senate health care vote, amid differences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are getting ready for Senate votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday among growing indications that the climactic vote could occur next week. “The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this ...

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