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Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said Wednesday, the same day his ex-teammates on the New England Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory. His ...

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SGA votes to add surveillance cameras to student housing

SGA voted in unanimous support of Sen. Jaden Davidson’s Resolution No. 31, which calls for the installation of additional surveillance cameras at Blount, Sevier and Harvill residence halls, during their meeting on Wednesday, March 15. Davidson said he authored the legislation in reaction to cases of theft and vandalism outside ...

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Tennessee sues federal government over refugee resettlement

The state of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of its refugee resettlement program. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday by the Tennessee General Assembly, argues that the program is forcing the state to spend money on additional services for refugees, such as health ...

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Rival proposals may ‘divide and conquer’ Tennessee road plan

Legislative leaders warn that the introduction of several rival proposals could sink efforts to begin addressing a $10 billion backlog of road and bridge projects in Tennessee. The sticking point in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s funding proposal is an increase to the fuel taxes drivers pay at the pump. Haslam ...

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The latest on President Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The White House says certain government agencies are taking action to address the “inappropriate” use of social media. White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed an incident at the Defense Department in which tweets were sent from ...

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Trump administration orders EPA contract freeze, media blackout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday and reviewed by The Associated ...

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