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Tennessee Ditches Online Standardized Testing After 'Massive Outage' In First Hour

Updated 5:30 p.m. The long-awaited changeover to computer-based standardized testing in Tennessee won't happen this year. "Like you, we are incredibly disappointed," Tennessee education commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to superintendents around the state.
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Tennessee lawmakers have withdrawn two abortion measures that would have required a woman to receive an ultrasound before an abortion and would have banned the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

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Nashville Fire Department

Two fires in three months in Nashville were caused by the self-balancing scooters called hoverboards, spurring officials to issue warnings Tuesday about keeping one inside a home.

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There had been problems throughout the trial period for Tennessee’s new online standardized test. One even required a total overhaul. But the state’s top education officials say Monday’s glitch was entirely new, and that's why they abandoned computer-based testing for the year.

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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says his office has opened its investigation into allegations of misconduct by state Representative Jeremy Durham.

Slatery says a team of attorneys has already been assigned to handle claims Durham, R-Franklin, sexually harassed three women at the state Capitol and any other such accusations. But he doesn't know how long the investigation will take.

"We don't think it helps the state at all to lengthen the investigation, but at the same time, we need to be thorough."

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Tennessee lawmakers are formally asking the state's top lawyer to investigate misconduct allegations against Franklin Representative Jeremy Durham.

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TBI

Pain relief pills laced with a dangerous drug are being blamed for overdose deaths in Tennessee. And in a state where police and doctors are already confronting an epidemic of fatal overdoses, they say these deceptive drugs are especially alarming.

Juan Pont Lezica

The Tennessee Senate has refused to honor Nashville activist Renata Soto.

Senators voted Monday to reject a resolution that would congratulate Soto on being elected chair of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino-rights organization.

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Updated 5:30 p.m.

The long-awaited changeover to computer-based standardized testing in Tennessee won't happen this year.

"Like you, we are incredibly disappointed," Tennessee education commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to superintendents around the state.

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For many Nashville dogs, the past few months of roaming off-leash in city parks was a newfound freedom. Quietly, Metro Parks was studying a trial run of leash-free-hours at three parks.

But the dogs could not be trusted.

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Tennessee’s Medicaid program is taking aim at the state’s rising number of drug-dependent newborns by expanding access to long-acting birth control implants.

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