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The Senate campaign for Phil Bredesen says it's been targeted in a sophisticated attempt to steal its funds.

In a letter sent Thursday to the FBI, an attorney for the former Tennessee governor says unknown parties tried to trick the campaign into wiring money to a foreign bank account by masquerading in email messages as the Bredesen campaign's media buyer.

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Mayor David Briley, who was sworn in last night to succeed Megan Barry, has not yet said whether he'll try to hold onto the office.

But with a short sprint scheduled to the August special election, there aren't many people who could mount a challenge.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Both sides in the debate over Nashville's proposed mass transit plan say the referendum scheduled for May 1 should go forward, despite Mayor Megan Barry's surprise announcement Tuesday that she's stepping down after pleading guilty to felony theft in connection with her extramarital affair.

Davidson County Clerk

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that might mean the end of vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee.

Critics say the tests today are an unnecessary hassle and expense for car owners. But stopping them is not going to be simple.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Medical cannabis has gotten further than ever before in the Tennessee legislature.

And that’s still not very far.

A single subcommittee voted in favor of a bill that would allow prescriptions for patients to use cannabis oils in edibles or through vaping, though not smoking the plant form. To even get there required a rare tie-breaker by the Speaker of the House, herself.

In this week's edition of The Tri-Star State, WPLN’s Blake Farmer and state capitol reporter Chas Sisk talk about whether this effort goes any further this year.

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The primary elections for governor are still months away, but Tennesseans have already gotten a taste of it.

The Republican candidates to follow Governor Bill Haslam have been hitting television sets with some high-profile ads. Experts on political advertising say these first pitches to Tennessee voters are among the most important of the campaign.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A measure that could open the door for teachers to be armed in Tennessee is starting to make its way through the state legislature, after a panel voted along party lines Wednesday to let some educators carry, if their districts will give them permission.

But the proposal may be a strategy to get more professional police in the schools, rather than actually giving teachers guns.

Megan Barry business council
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville voters still believe in Mayor Megan Barry, according to a poll released by Vanderbilt University this week.

The poll results measured Mayor Megan Barry’s favorability ratings in 2018. Of the 800 Nashville residents in the survey, 61 percent approved of Mayor Barry, marking a double-digit decrease from Barry’s 72 percent approval rating in 2017.

Cannabis Research Foundation

After years of failure, legislation that would make one form of medical cannabis legal is moving through the state House of Representatives, after a panel voted narrowly Tuesday to push the issue forward.

It was a major leap for state lawmakers, but the measure still has a long road ahead before becoming law.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Bob Corker still seems to be on the fence about whether to reverse his decision to retire and get back into the race for Senate.

But in a busy weekend for Republicans across Tennessee, the main contender for the Republican nomination, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, sought to make clear that he'd have to fight her if he hopes to come back.

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