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Toyota is recalling 690,000 of its popular Tacoma pickup trucks due to a potential fire risk, the automaker announced Monday.

A report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity shows the amount of campaign spending on 2014 state-level TV ads are down so far this year compared 2010.

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.

BERLIN — Workers at four of Amazon.com's German distribution centers have started a two-day strike in a long-running dispute over wages.

Nobel laureate Thomas J. Sargent will speak in the Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series Monday, Oct. 6, at noon in the UTC University Center Auditorium.

Jersey Mike's Subs will open at 5510 Highway 153 in Hixson on Wednesday. Franchise owners Ryan Hendrix and Andrew Brooks opened their first Jersey Mike's in June at 2260 Gunbarrel Road in East Brainerd.

The nation's poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the number of Tennesseans living below the poverty line increased in the most recent two-year period, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Republican Sens. Mitch McCon-nell and Lamar Alexander introduced a bill on Tuesday that would add another member to the National Labor Relations Board to keep an even balance between Democratic and Republican board members.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Two North Alabama men have been convicted of cheating during a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville.

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season. The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office said Monday that all 159 of the state's counties have been designated Camera Ready, a program that is the first of its kind in the nation and offers community-based assistance with film and television productions.

The union that represents musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has signed a new 2-year contract that provides a 2 percent wage increase with no cuts in the size or scope of the orchestra.

Volkswagen’s global works council is backing renewed efforts by the United Auto Workers to represent workers at the German carmaker’s Chattanooga plant, according to Reuters.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has been ranked as a "top tier" college in the 2015 "Best Colleges" edition of U.S. News & World Report.

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — DeKalb County, Ala., authorities arrested nine people found at a Sunday house party on County Road 136 in the Painter community, where they found about 200 party-goers, many of them minors, according to a news release.

NEWNAN, Ga. — Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

A new tavern-style restaurant has opened at 122 W. Main St. in Chattanooga's Southside, filling the space formerly occupied by Clyde's Auto Glass.

A new statewide survey shows more than two-thirds of Tennesseans believe new EPA controls on carbon emissions from coal and oil facilities will reduce pollution and help public health.

GADSDEN, Ala. — The trial of an Etowah County woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died has been rescheduled.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. —Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season's deer quota hunt.

A regional planning effort trying to plot strategy for the 16-county area for the next 40 years has gotten its first funding from outside of Hamilton County.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's attorney general says married parents can't invent new last names for their children.

The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat sedan was picked as one of KBB.Com’s 10 most confortable cars under $30,000.

HENAGAR, Ala. — Police in northeast Alabama say a man has been arrested on a DUI charge after a car was pushed into a stopped school bus.

The nation's second-biggest health insurer, Wellpoint, said Tuesday that it will change its name to Anthem Inc., the brand associated with most of the company's best known health plans.

The East Brainerd development proposed by local contractor Sam Issa for the 9700 block of East Brainerd Road was delayed again at Monday's planning commission meeting to let community leaders and organizers round up residents and talk about the project.

ATLANTA — Attorneys and a Fulton County judge began meeting with prospective jurors Monday in what is expected to be a months-long trial for Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday held on to his slender 35-vote margin over GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy after Grundy County Election Commission members sorted through provisional ballots in a contest that's been too close to call.

The United Auto Workers has plans to select an election committee for its Chattanooga local union on Aug. 19, says a UAW newsletter.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Authorities in Central Georgia say the body of a 19-year-old man was found hanging in an elementary school playground.

A three-judge labor panel has ordered Tennessee American Water and other American Water subsidiaries to pay back higher health care premiums and other benefits charged over the past three and a half years to about 3,200 utility workers, including more than 70 represented by Utility Workers Union of America Local 121 in Chattanooga.

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Authorities say four adults and seven children were injured when their van blew a tire on Interstate 24 in Coffee County.

Chattanooga-based Derryberry Public Relations, a full-service public and government relations firm, is opening a Nashville office.

The Dixie Group Inc. lost $605,000, or 4 cents per share, from continuing operations in the second quarter.

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.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A group of seaplane pilots is asking federal authorities to allow them to land on Lake Lanier.

Dollar General will celebrate the grand opening of its relocated store in Flintstone, Ga., at 8 a.m. on Saturday with special deals and free pizzas at the grand opening event.

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A body discovered late Friday in Weiss Lake in Cherokee County has been identified as that of a missing woman from Valley Head, Ala., a news release states.

Sola Salon Studios will enter the Chattanooga market this fall with a new studio in the Hamilton Corner shopping center near Hamilton Place Mall.

DALTON, Ga. — A drunken man is accused of beating his drunken friend with a pool cue over the weekend, according to Dalton police.

AgGeorgia Farm Credit, a lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers, recently mailed out $7.5 million to its members, including $435,163 to members of the Chatsworth and Lafayette branches in Northwest Georgia, based upon the coop’s surplus earnings during in previous years.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor will hold a job expo in Summerville on Friday to help Roper Corp. fill about 90 manufacturing jobs at its LaFayette plant.

No one has stepped forward as a leader of city police officers and firefighters who have called in sick to protest changes to their health insurance benefits, complicating efforts by Memphis officials to respond to the mass sickout.

Online retailing giant Amazon wants permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test speedy delivery drones outside in the Seattle area.

Kevin & J Co., an Atlanta-based retailer, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission related to its Chattanooga store, the agency said Wednesday.

ANNISTON, Ala. — Police say a body found inside a crashed car has been identified by medical examiners as that of a missing Anniston woman.

The Volkswagen brand sold more than 3 million vehicles worldwide in the first six months — a record for the German automaker — even though North American sales fell in the period.

Volkswagen will invest $2.7 billion to construct two more vehicle assembly plants in China, the carmaker said in a statement Tuesday.

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Two DeKalb County, Ala., men have been charged with kidnapping and robbery, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Memorial Health Care System opened its first urgent care clinic in Cleveland, Tenn., Tuesday.

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