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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite facing a Republican primary challenger, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was endorsed for re-election by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today in Chattanooga as it cited his work to spur economic growth and new jobs.

East Eighth Street in front of Brown Academy, between Campus Drive and the parking lot to the UTC dorms, will be closed Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. for the Brown International Academy Spring Carnival.

Unemployment in metropolitan Chattanooga fell to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest monthy level since October 2008.

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

A north Georgia man will spend the rest of his life in prison. And even then, after his death, he will be scheduled for two more centuries behind bars.

Cleveland and Athens, Tenn., have been awarded grants to improve local transportation, according to the state Department of Transportation.

When deputies approached, investigators say, 42-year-old Bobby Lee Dixon leaned his foot into the accelerator and steered toward a detective.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be in Alabama in June.

MEMPHIS — Memphis police say a child called 911 after waking up to find her parents had been shot.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has reported the 700 block of Moccasin Bend Road will be narrowed to one lane for a water line repair project.

Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions.

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.8 percent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge issued a stern warning on Wednesday to a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich.

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