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Penalties for cheating the elderly have gotten tougher in Tennessee.

As part of a new law that went into effect over the weekend, people convicted of financial exploitation against senior citizens now face more jail time and higher fines. It's one of several updates to the state's laws protecting older Tennesseans.

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You may have heard that Tennessee's gas tax rose by 4 cents a gallon over the weekend. But that's only one of dozens of laws that went into effect.

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office can't comply with a request from President Trump's administration this week to hand over data on the state's voters.

Hargett cites Tennessee law.

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  Update, June 28:

The sponsors of a proposal to limit Davidson County's cooperation with federal immigration authorities now say they won't push for a final vote on it next week.

That comes after the plan was criticized by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Republican state lawmakers and Sheriff Daron Hall.

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Update, June 27: A federal judge has ordered a nationwide stay blocking the immediate deportation of 85 Iraqi nationals who had been scheduled to be removed on Tuesday. That group includes some Kurds living in Middle Tennessee.

The American Civil Liberties Union pushed a court in Michigan for the temporary order, which has now been extended across the U.S. The organization is seeking class-action status covering 1,444 immigrants from Iraq who could be deported under the Trump administration's new policy.

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Congressman Jim Cooper says he's worried about the safety of immigrants deported back to Iraq and wants officials from that country to intervene to ensure they won't be harmed by extremists.

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A Nashville proposal to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities is drawing strong condemnation from some top Middle Tennessee Republicans.

The sponsor of a 2009 state law banning so-called "sanctuary cities" says he's prepared to have the Metro Council proposal struck down if it wins final approval at a meeting next month.

The proposal passed a second of three votes Tuesday night, over the objections of some council members who asked for more time.

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Charlie Morris vividly recalls his brother's murder.

Jesse Lee Bond was a sharecropper in Shelby County. Suspicious because his harvests never seemed to cover his debts, in the spring of 1939, Bond asked the local general store for a receipt of his seed purchases.

For his diligence, he was shot, castrated, dragged and left for dead in the Hatchie River.

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So far this month, three dozen immigrants have been held in Nashville's jail at the request of federal authorities.

That fact is adding some urgency to a debate that's scheduled to begin tonight. At issue: how much Davidson County should work with immigration officials.

The proposed ordinances would prohibit the county jail from holding people on immigration violations alone. Local law enforcement would also be barred from sharing information about custody status and court dates with immigration officials.

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The maker of an opioid treatment that's come under scrutiny recently contributed more than $20,000 to candidates in Tennessee last year.

The donations appear to be part of an aggressive nationwide campaign aimed at influencing state legislatures.

The company is called Alkermes, and it makes a medication known as Vivitrol.