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This year's race for governor has one less contender.

Mt. Juliet Republican Mae Beavers announced on Facebook Tuesday that she's suspending her campaign. The move follows signs that the former state senator had been lagging far behind the other top Republicans.

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Governor Bill Haslam presented a limited agenda Monday night, in an unusually reflective and retrospective State of the State speech.

In his final statewide address as governor, Haslam spent most of his time highlighting what he sees as his successes, including low unemployment and an improving education system. But as for new proposals — there weren't very many.

Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

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Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

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Preschool programs and raising the pay for teachers both got votes of confidence, as five of the major candidates for governor lined up at Belmont University Tuesday night to discuss education.

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Creating a 500-bed treatment facility for addicted inmates, limiting the duration of new opioid prescriptions to just a few days, and putting more drug enforcement officers on the streets.

Those are some of the ideas Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pitching to combat the opioid crisis  — which despite past efforts, has continued to worsen.

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This year’s legislative session is fully under way and that means a long list of new bills. More than 250 measures have been proposed so far, and the deadline isn’t until the end of next week.

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After years of successive failures, backers of medical cannabis in Tennessee are taking a new tack — keeping the ban on smoking it.

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Tennessee's top election officials tried to allay fears that the state's voting records are vulnerable to hacking, even as they acknowledged there's a significant risk that outside groups could try to disrupt future elections.

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Democrats in the Tennessee legislature moved swiftly last week to make health care the first debate of the 2018 session.

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