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In the rough-hewn parlor of a creaky, 19th-century farmhouse in Brentwood, 13 people are sitting in a pair of concentric circles.

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Tennessee lawmakers blasted the state Department of Correction at a meeting on Wednesday, the day after an audit found numerous violations in the state's prisons.

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The state of Tennessee is asking for $2 million next year to whip the Memphis Regional Megasite into shape, a process that will include hiring an outside consultant to assess why the decade-long project hasn't yet landed a major manufacturer.

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Twenty-five more drug agents.

That's what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is hoping to add in the coming year to aid in efforts to combat the illegal trade in painkillers —  just one of the ways that the opioid epidemic is reshaping state agencies' spending priorities.

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Governor Bill Haslam is again asking state agencies to trim their budgets, but this year he warns they might actually have to follow through.

U.S. Senate

A high-ranking Tennessee lawmaker is a step closer to joining the federal bench.

The Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate took up the nomination of state Sen. Mark Norris, a Memphis Republican and the majority leader in the Tennessee Senate. Norris is up for a district court judgeship in West Tennessee.

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Gun owners will be allowed to carry when Tennessee lawmakers move into their new office building this month.

House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Randy McNally announced the decision Wednesday. It will apply to anyone with a permit to carry a handgun.

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Exactly half of registered voters in Tennessee say they approve of President Donald Trump, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

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State Rep. Charles Sargent will not seek re-election, after more than two decades in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

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Hundreds of demonstrators lined three blocks of Broadway on Wednesday to call on the United States to offer more support for Kurdish independence.