State Politics

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he intends to rely on a panel of experts plus some advice from above when deliberating the fates of 10 convicted murderers with scheduled execution dates in the next two years.

The Federal Election Commission has a few questions for two Republican congressional candidates in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th Districts.

Assembly of a new vehicle at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is now more likely after the United Auto Workers backed off Monday on its appeal of the factory's union vote, an expert says.

NASHVILLE — The legislative session that just ended proved to be Gov. Bill Haslam's most challenging year yet as he faced a tough state budget and increasing pushback from his fellow Republican lawmakers — especially on education.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander wasted no time last month decrying a federal labor board's decision that opened the door for some college athletes to unionize.

In the winter of 1990, a group of law enforcement and medical experts descended on a Memphis asylum where hundreds of babies, children and adults — people who used to be called mentally retarded — were warehoused in barrack-style housing.

A plant’s future. A union’s survival. A company’s goal to be No. 1. A city’s place in the automotive world.

Days after state lawmakers passed legislation overhauling how trustees are appointed to the Erlanger Health System board, hospital leaders are trying to understand what the changes mean for the organization’s future.

GROVETOWN, Ga. — Georgia’s top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who’d be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term.

A potential Tennessee gubernatorial candidate has sued top state Democrats who ousted him from their 2014 ballot for not being "bona fide" under party rules.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers ended their annual session Thursday by passing a flurry of last-minute measures, including a bill aimed at bringing peaceful resolution to many cities' yearslong failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems.

Challengers are outpacing incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts, campaign finance reports show, but 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is faring better than his 4th District counterpart, Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee would be ready to electrocute death row inmates should lethal injection drugs be unavailable under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.

A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote today in the General Assembly could overhaul Erlanger Health System’s board and remove Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel.

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