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This week hasn't just been the start of the General Assembly's 2018 legislative session. It's also been the unofficial debut of the state legislature's new office building.

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In an address that took on the feel of one of his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump touted his record in his first year in office and told farmers gathered in Nashville that they're "lucky" he was willing to run for the White House and keep out Democrats.

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Tennessee is in for an eventful few weeks, as lawmakers return to Nashville for the second year of the 110th General Assembly. And while it’s hard to predict what controversies will arise while they’re in session, it is clear that a huge wave of turnover is on the horizon.

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President Donald Trump is expected to tout his administration's plans for rural America next week, when he makes his second visit to Middle Tennessee since taking office a year ago.

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A group of Nashville Kurds could be released from federal custody after spending nearly seven months in detention, after a judge in Michigan determined the government has not shown they're dangerous to the public or flight risks.

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A Wilson County man wrongfully convicted of rape and robbery nearly 40 years ago is officially asking the state for $1 million in damages.

The move comes just days after Lawrence McKinney was exonerated by Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Worries about the safety of children as they travel to and from school has led to two new laws that go into effect Jan. 1 in Tennessee.

But state leaders also fear college students have been overly protected, a situation they've also decided to address with a new law.

They're among the measures that take effect as the calendar turns the page to 2018. Jan. 1 is one of the two dates Tennessee lawmakers typically choose for legislation to take effect.

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Gallatin Congressman Diane Black announced Wednesday morning she’s stepping down as the chairman of the House budget committee.

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Voters east of Nashville will decide tomorrow who's going to replace state Sen. Mae Beavers.

Republican state Rep. Mark Pody faces Democrat Mary Alice Carfi, an attorney, in a special election to replace Beavers. The longtime conservative firebrand resigned recently to run for governor — one of many GOP legislators contributing to a remarkable run of turnover.

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After more than a decade of planning, the state of Tennessee has started construction on a new Library & Archives building, as officials formally broke ground Monday at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Jefferson Street.

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