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Political leaders and advocates for the health care industry in Tennessee have begun to turn their attention to the future of Obamacare, after Senate Republicans signaled Tuesday that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act were likely to fail.

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Tennessee’s Speaker of the House Beth Harwell announced this weekend that she is running for governor, widening the field and immediately setting off jockeying to succeed her.

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Tennessee is inching toward making birth control pills available with a single visit to a pharmacy.

State lawmakers voted over a year ago to eliminate the requirement that women first see a doctor before getting oral contraceptives. But even though Tennessee law has changed, pharmacies haven't been given the final go-ahead to put it into action.

Health officials say the task of drafting final rules has been complicated. 

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Senator Bob Corker sang the praises of Bill Hagerty before the chamber overwhelmingly confirmed the Nashville businessman Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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The prolonged debate in Congress over health care is having a ripple effect on Tennessee's race for governor, and it may be a few more weeks before the field for 2018 is set.

A key figure is Diane Black. The Congressional representative from Sumner County is a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor. But Black has work in Washington she wants to wrap up first, including a job that stems from a major position she holds — chair of the House Budget Committee.

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A prominent mosque in Rutherford County plans to ask state and federal law enforcement to investigate an act of vandalism that occurred early Monday morning.

Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they found obscenities written in spray paint and slices of bacon wrapped around door handles. The vandals also left a signature and attempted to write a message in bacon on the ground outside a side entrance.

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he's continuing to keep tabs on the debate in Congress over health care.

He's one of many governors who've said they're concerned about the measures Republicans in the House and Senate are considering to rein in one big part of the health care system — Medicaid. But Haslam worries Congress could eventually pass the tab for covering the poor onto states like Tennessee.

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The U.S. Department of Justice wants details from Tennessee's secretary of state on how it purges outdated registrations from voter rolls.

The request comes after President Trump's administration caused a backlash by asking for personal information about all of the nation's voters. It was sent by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and went to all 50 states.

Both requests appear to be related to Trump's unproven claim there was widespread voter fraud in last fall's election.

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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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