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MEMPHIS — In a hard-hitting game full of stifling defense, the Baylor Red Raiders capitalized on several crucial errors by Christian Brothers to advance in the Division II-AA state playoffs withi a 10-7 win Friday night.

Thirteen years after protesters stormed the state Capitol over a state income tax that lawmakers were considering, Tennesseans will decide Nov. 4 whether to permanently ban any new state or local personal income or payroll tax in Tennessee.

The burial wasn’t going to be much — just a poem, a prayer and a bundle of blue and white flowers resting atop the miniature casket, the blooms not much smaller than the infant inside.

In a radio ad posted on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s website, party chairman Bryan Carson alleges racism in Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration, tracing it to audio of a 2003 fire fighters union meeting presided over by interim county fire chief Dale Burress, a Luttrell appointee, in which a racial slur was used by an unidentified man.

NASHVILLE — A new TV ad targeting the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are up for retention elections by voters is filled with "false messages," the judges' campaign spokesmen charged Saturday.

The numbers of police and firefighters calling in sick Sunday both decreased, officials said.

A 63-year-old man was arrested after a gun fell out of his pocket and discharged while the man was watching “Godzilla” in a local theater.

WASHINGTON — Tennessee’s two U.S. senators want to know what changes have been made at the Memphis VA Medical Center following an inspector general’s report last fall that three patients died in the facility’s emergency department after receiving inadequate care.

A suspected serial rapist has been sentenced to 22 years in prison with no parole after assaulting a Memphis woman, nearly biting off her finger.

“US media treat Princes’ wedding trip to Memphis as if Elvis had risen from the dead.”

PARSONS, Tenn. — It could be up to a year before the family of a nursing student who had been missing for three years sees the suspect stand trial.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — There was no decisive knockout punch. No dagger. Just a gradual, methodical — and impressive — effort for the Ridgeway girls basketball team Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Senate leaders said their chamber will likely go along with the relatively minor changes the House of Representatives made Thursday in the bill allowing food stores to sell wine, signaling its virtually certain passage.

NASHVILLE — The compromise wine-in-grocery-stores bill up for committee review in the state House of Representatives Tuesday would not allow wine sales in grocery stores until July 1, 2016 — and those within 500 feet of a liquor store a year later unless the liquor retailer agrees.

Lawmakers will decide soon whether Tennessee becomes the 14th state to allow taxpayer money to pay for tuition at private K-12 schools.

As we told you on Christmas, because we do what we do, we're here for the die-hard regulars, even on post-Christmas-Day 1 morning and on vacation (but don't tell the Mrs. 5-at-10, she frowns on such endeavors like working on vacation).

MEMPHIS — They were no longer in uniform, but a half-dozen military veterans completed a most difficult tour of duty recently as the first graduates of the Shelby County Veterans Court.

The autopsy revealed that the child suffered brain and spinal hemorrhaging as well as multiple rib fractures. He had bruises and cuts to his ear, his scalp and his neck. He was just 19 days old.

Sierra Club activists took to the water Friday to call attention to what they said were dangerous pollution discharges from TVA’s Allen Fossil Plant in Southwest Memphis.

Lee Burns, headmaster at Presbyterian Day School, will be the next headmaster of McCallie School in Chattanooga.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s top government body is proposing high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States days after a planned meeting with rival South Korea collapsed.

A former Memphis Animal Shelter employee accused of choking dogs to control them as they were about to be euthanized was convicted Friday on four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — A change in state law means that officials are no longer cracking down on restaurants selling takeout craft beer.

The December massacre of 20 students and six staff members at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school led the chief of the Metro Nashville Police Department to decide patrol officers could start bringing their own AR-15 rifles to work.

The bus takes Leola McAdams only so far, which explains why she was riding the trolley on the final leg of her commute from North Memphis to a custodial job at First Tennessee Bank one recent evening.

More than 1,900 homes and businesses served by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division remained without power late afternoon Saturday following an intense thunderstorm Friday night that raked Midtown and parts of East Memphis with winds of up 45 mph.

The Grizzlies ended training camp practice early Wednesday upon learning that Dana Davis, vice president of basketball operations and team programs, was found dead in his apartment.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's motorcade arrived at the Racquet Club of Memphis at 4:10 p.m. this afternoon for his fundraiser set to begin later this evening.

A startling fact emerged the last time the government counted America's farmers, a fact that spurred worry about the country's food future.

In Thursday's match against District 6-A/AA rival Arts & Sciences, East Hamilton coach John Millard moved senior Chandler Smith to various positions on the field.

HAVANA — Colombia’s main leftist rebel group proposed a cease-fire Thursday while it holds peace talks with the government beginning in Norway next month. It also named three negotiators, including a high-ranking guerrilla now imprisoned in the United States.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds of protesters marched through Charlotte’s central business district Sunday ahead of the Democratic National Convention in a demonstration that was lively but smaller than organizers had touted.

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO forces in Afghanistan say an Afghan soldier has turned his weapon on international troops, killing 2 coalition service members in the country’s east.

Stephen G. Olita is an award-winning electrical engineer who ran a stable, $10 million-a-year business, drew a $500,000 salary, took private jets on Hawaiian vacations, and owned a 10,000-square-foot home on a 22-acre Collierville estate worth millions.

When Chuey Avila casually described his three-week journey to America — on foot, through the desert, having narrowly escaped capture by the authorities — he punctuated the story with a laugh and a shrug.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A spokesman for Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital for an infection in his lungs.

The Shelby County Commission has filed a subpoena in federal court asking for the identities of all online commenters in The Commercial Appeal's stories about suburban plans to create their own school districts.

After he got the call with the test results, Marvell L. Terry II hung up the phone and did something that might seem odd for someone who'd just learned he was HIV-positive.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam will assemble business, legislative and higher education leaders for a meeting at the governor's residence next week to kick off his review of the state's college and university systems.

Every time Anfernee Hardaway's cellphone rings, she's there in living color, her sweetness jumping off the screensaver.

Marc Gasol took long, deep breaths and carefully chose his words before answering questions.

Cost kept a larger percentage of Tennesseans out of the doctor's office from 2000 to 2010 than it did citizens of any other state, according to a new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

A Memphis man convicted of raping an elderly woman after breaking into her home was sentenced to 90 years in prison this morning.

NASHVILLE — Despite a scholarship reserve fund of nearly $400 million, Republicans in the state Senate approved a measure tonight that will make it more difficult for students to win a full $4,000-a-year Hope Scholarship starting in 2015 if the lottery doesn’t produce record proceeds in each of the next three years.

A Tennessee high school student was arrested and suspended from school for allegedly bringing a paring knife on campus Monday.

Some sick students at Cordova Middle School who drank what they thought was lemonade received summonses to appear in Juvenile Court, according to Memphis police.

What bees really like is a hollow tree, but Tommy and Cristi Hill found during the weekend that a new Chevy will do just fine.

A South Memphis man has been convicted of raping a 79-year-old woman with Alzheimer's after the jury rejected his defense that the sex was consensual.

A Munford High teacher was arrested Friday for attempting to run his wife over with a pickup.

Memphis police on Sunday arrested a school bus driver accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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