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US Senate Dems' campaign arm endorses Mackler in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The campaign arm for U.S. Senate Democrats is endorsing James Mackler for an open seat in Tennessee. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced the endorsement Thursday. Mackler is a former Army helicopter pilot who is now a Nashville attorney. In the primary election, Mackler faces Memphis environmentalist and activist Marquita Bradshaw, and Nashville consultant and professor Diana Onyejiaka. Republicans have held both Tennessee Senate seats since 1994. Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and trauma surgeon Manny Sethi are the top Republican contenders in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.


Tennessee jail can't censor magazines because of staples

LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Marshall County jail can no longer censor a Florida-based nonprofit's publications solely because they contain staples. U.S. District Judge William Campbell signed a permanent injunction on Tuesday that spells out how the county will deal with magazines published by the Human Rights Defense Center. The injunction says jailers can remove the staples if they believe they pose a security threat. The injunction also gives the nonprofit a chance to appeal if the publications are censored for other reasons. The Human Rights Defense Center says the jail has censored at least 100 copies of its Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News.


Nashville airport hits 18.3M travelers in 2019, a new record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's airport hit 18.3 million travelers in 2019, registering a seventh year in a row of record-setting growth. Nashville International Airport says the traveler total was an increase of more than 2.2 million compared to the 2018 calendar year. Last year was the airport's first to see an increase of more than 2 million passengers. By 2024, the airport plans to have finished additional parking garages, a new concourse and terminal wings, expanded central terminal and security checkpoint, a state-of-the-art international arrivals facility, a new concessions program, an administration building, on-site hotel, an enhanced airport roadway system and potential transit connection.


Free admission, Census info at Memphis museum on MLK day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum will be providing free admission and information about voting and the upcoming U.S. Census during a celebration of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday in Memphis, Tennessee. The museum hosts events each year on the holiday, which is Monday. The museum is located on the grounds of the former Lorraine Motel, where King was killed while standing on a balcony on April 4, 1968. The museum is working with organizations to offer information about voter education, empowerment and registration. Throughout Memphis, volunteers will be working on community cleanup and beautification projects.


Free watch party set for Titans-Chiefs game on Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans fans can gather in Nashville for a free viewing party to watch the team play in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Kansas City. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said the party will include live music, giveaways and other activities starting at 11 a.m. Sunday on Lower Broadway. The game is at 2:05 p.m. Two large screens will be set up to show the game feed. Fans can bring blankets and collapsible chairs. Food trucks will be on site with water, soda and beer available. No large bags or backpacks will be allowed.


AP Exclusive: State voucher violations leave details unknown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A review by The Associated Press has found that some Tennessee parents were accused of misspending thousands of dollars in school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year. State officials say they do not know what many of those purchases were for. The AP reviewed nearly 50 letters sent between May 2018 and September 2019 to voucher recipients alerting them of improper purchases placed on the state debit cards. Just under half of those letters listed “unknown” when citing the improper purchase. The voucher program has been available to some families of students with certain disabilities since 2017.