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NASHVILLE -- On its face, it would appear to be the least controversial of the four proposed changes to Tennessee's Constitution on the November ballot.

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A divided City Council resorted to name calling Tuesday over whether to restructure its staff and ask employees to reapply for their jobs. And those in favor of the plan were called "yahoos," "cowards" and part of a plot to fire the staff.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Marc Gravitt of East Ridge was officially sworn in Tuesday as the new state representative of House District 30.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — An attempt to dismiss a complaint filed by the Bradley County School System against the city of Cleveland in regard to an estimated $800,000 in disputed liquor tax revenues recently was denied in Chancery Court.

Voters in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District will get to see their congressional candidates debate after all.

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Herbert Slatery sworn in as Tennessee's attorney general

First Republican to hold post in 144 years

NASHVILLE -- Herbert Slatery III was sworn in today as Tennessee's first Republican state attorney in 144 years in a ceremony shared by his now-former boss, Gov. Bill Haslam, and state Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee-based nonprofit groups -- churches, schools, hospitals, civic service clubs and others -- collectively grossed $23.5 million over the past three years from charitable fundraisers featuring raffles, cakewalks and similar games of chance, figures show.

NASHVILLE — Twenty-five years ago, the exclusionary reputation of a Knoxville country club led to a furor when the University of Tennessee feared that its first African-American basketball coach would be rejected based on race. Today, a membership in that club by the state's new attorney general has been met with barely a shrug.

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NEW YORK — Four U.S. governors, including Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

WASHINGTON — Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

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