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After Supreme Court Ruling, Will Tennessee Commence Executions?

Tennessee does not use the execution drug authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. So it’s unclear whether the high court’s 5-4 ruling clears the way for the state’s scheduled executions to proceed. The case was about midazolam, which is a common drug in a three-step process used to kill inmates. While Tennessee uses a one-drug protocol—and perhaps a backup that hasn't been disclosed—death penalty attorney David Raybin says he reads the Supreme Court ruling as broadly allowing drugs of all kinds.
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When President Obama visits Madison Wednesday, some are hoping it'll give a boost to Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, but pitching Medicaid expansion isn't part of the plan.

In one of his first speeches since the Supreme Court ruled last week on the Affordable Care Act, Obama plans to tout the law's strengths, says Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. But he isn't coming here to campaign for Insure Tennessee, Haslam's plan to extend Medicaid to a quarter-million low-income Tennesseans, even though Medicaid expansion is big part of the law.

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Ten truckloads of fireworks arrived in Tennessee over the weekend as Nashville gears up for what’s being billed as the nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.

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Tennessee does not use the execution drug authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. So it’s unclear whether the high court’s 5-4 ruling clears the way for the state’s scheduled executions to proceed.

The case was about midazolam, which is a common drug in a three-step process used to kill inmates. While Tennessee uses a one-drug protocol—and perhaps a backup that hasn't been disclosed—death penalty attorney David Raybin says he reads the Supreme Court ruling as broadly allowing drugs of all kinds.

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Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's health care plan hope a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court will be a turning point.

Backers of Insure Tennessee rallied Monday at St. Thomas Hospital's Midtown campus, in a bid to keep momentum going after the nation's highest court upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision reaffirmed the law, which also calls for granting Tennessee billions of dollars each year if it adopts Insure Tennessee and expands Medicaid to more than 250,000 low-income residents.

One parade-watcher at Nashville's Pride Festival this weekend has garnered attention for holding a sign that asks for forgiveness.

The woman in question is Erika Chambers, who was also the subject of a WPLN story that ran just the day before the parade.

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State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.

State Rep. Andy Holt, who last week proposed the Pastor Protection Act, is considering a state law to give business owners the right to opt out from gay marriage ceremonies — whether they run a bakery, a wedding venue, or a flower shop.

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In his latest TV ad, which is set to begin airing this week, mayoral candidate Bill Freeman is calling for a hike in the Davidson County minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour over the next three years.

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Forum fatigue may be setting in for Nashville’s candidates for mayor. Last week there were five such events, and even two in one day.

By now, candidates for mayor are familiar with the setup: they line up seated at a table, elbow-to-elbow, taking turns answering questions from groups ranging from neighborhood chambers of commerce to LGBT interest groups. They’ve done so many forums like this that Charles Robert Bone lost count early.

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New regulations on Airbnb hosts don’t seem to be putting a damper on the their numbers in Nashville. A new city ordinance requires all hosts to obtain a short-term rental permit and goes into effect July 1.

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