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Presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Marsha Blackburn to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention. She last spoke at the RNC in 2008 and commended Trump for doing a “very good job” in their first meeting on the Hill Thursday morning.

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The University of Tennessee has not admitted guilt, but it has agreed to pay eight former students nearly $2.5 million to settle a sexual assault lawsuit for incidents spanning two decades. One advocate for sexual assault victims says this is a “hands down victory.”

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Thousands of Tennesseans – and the state government – will be reimbursed by Volkswagen. The money is meant to resolve a scandal in which the automaker programmed diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. 

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Immigration advocates in Tennessee are criticizing the Supreme Court’s deadlock ruling in an immigration-related lawsuit.

Tennessee was one of more than two dozen states suing the federal government over its Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. The program would have allowed undocumented parents of US-born children to avoid deportation.

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Tennessee Congressmen Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen joined dozens of House Democrats in the sit-in that began Wednesday morning.

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Two former Vanderbilt football players have now been convicted — for a second time — in the gang rape of an unconscious woman: Cory Batey last month and Brandon Vandenburg over the weekend. But there are two more co-defendants who have yet to stand trial.

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The lead prosecutor in the retrial of another Vanderbilt University football player expressed satisfaction with Saturday’s verdict. For the second time, Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty of raping an unconscious woman in his dorm room. 

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Sen. Bob Corker is urging Donald Trump to "pivot" into a more inclusive general election candidate, but he didn’t say what he might do if the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doesn’t change his ways. 

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Belmont University has received its biggest-ever donation.

Belmont President Bob Fisher announced Wednesday morning that the Ayers Foundation is donating $15 million to the school.

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The controversial issue of renaming MTSU’s Forrest Hall is now heading to the university’s governing body, the Tennessee Board of Regents.

This week, MTSU President Sidney McPhee accepted the recommendation of a university task force to change the name of the school’s Army ROTC building. It currently bears the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Civil War general with ties to the KKK.

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