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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

What helped make the Southside bustle in the mid-1970s could now become the catalyst for a new Chattanooga entertainment and music district.

Residents of East Lake Courts brought out bleach and flowers Monday.

With his white beard, lined face and gravelly voice, Gary Owens could pass for songwriter Kris Kristofferson’s younger brother.

If people in Chattanooga do nothing to prevent the mentally ill from going to jail, the city will end up like larger cities across the country where jails become unequipped caregivers.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County wants to reset rescue networking attempts for its no-­kill shelter and heal divisions within the organization.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It is critical that Tennessee maintain a fair and impartial Supreme Court that is free of partisan politics, Justice Sharon Lee said Monday during a stopover here.

A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a weekend burglary and vandalism spree in Cleveland, Tenn.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and his GOP primary challenger Weston Wamp whipped out their campaign wallets and collectively spent more than three-quarters of a million dollars during the first part of July as the two men’s bitter rivalry headed into early voting.

SPEEDWELL, Tenn. — The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that a tornado hit an East Tennessee community where 10 homes were destroyed.

OZARK, Ala. — Authorities say a man wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and an 8-year-old girl in Southeast Alabama likely has slipped out of the region.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sometime Sunday morning, Ommy Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary.

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