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1. Tennessee prosecutor: 3 fatal shootings by police justified -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Police officers involved in three fatal shooting incidents in Memphis won't face criminal charges, the top prosecutor in Tennessee's most populous county said.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said the shootings of fleeing felons last year were justified. The decisions were based on evidence, facts and statements in reports compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A review team that included Weirich then examined the reports, Weirich said in a news release.

2. AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's primary elections -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's primary elections were held Thursday to determine party nominees for governor, Congress and state legislative seats.

A handful of ballot initiatives and district attorney races were also on the ballot in some counties, as well as Supreme Court retention for all of the justices.

3. Far-right mayor wins GOP primary for Nashville US House seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Andy Ogles, a far-right county mayor, won Tennessee's crowded Republican primary on Thursday in a reconfigured congressional district in left-leaning Nashville that the party is hoping to flip in November. In a warning ahead of the general election, he said, "Liberals, we're coming for you."

4. GOP eyes Nashville seat for flip; Dems vie to face governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republicans on Thursday will settle a nine-way primary in a reconfigured congressional district in Nashville they are hoping to flip, while Democrats will choose their nominee for governor in what could be a history-making bid to topple the GOP incumbent.

5. A look at Tennessee's primary elections -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Voters can begin casting ballots Friday in Tennessee's Aug. 4 primary election as candidates compete to win their party's nomination for governor, Congress and state legislative seats.

6. Memphis council resolution addresses abortion prosecutions -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis City Council approved a resolution Tuesday urging that law enforcement and the district attorney in Tennessee's most populous county refrain from investigating and prosecuting doctors who perform abortions.

7. New sentencing hearing for former Tennessee death row inmate -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Family members of a slain woman and her daughter sat through a gruesome crime scene video that played in a Tennessee courtroom Monday — images of two blood-soaked bodies lying stabbed to death in awkward positions on the floor of their apartment, a knife resting next to the little girl's foot.

8. Death sentence removed over inmate's mental disability claim -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate will no longer face execution over the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago because of claims that he is intellectually disabled, a prosecutor announced Thursday.

9. Expert to study mental disabilty claim of death row inmate -

MEMPHIS (AP) — An expert hired by a state prosecutors' office can conduct a mental evaluation of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed for the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago, a judge ruled Friday.

10. Tennessee bathroom law sponsor now says it has penalties -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of Tennessee's new law requiring businesses and government facilities to post signs if they let transgender people use the bathrooms of their choice now says owners and officials who refuse could face up to six months in jail — a penalty that went unmentioned during legislative hearings and debate.

11. Nashville DA won't enforce new bathroom sign law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's top prosecutor said Monday that he will not enforce a newly enacted law that requires businesses and government facilities open to the public to post a sign if they let transgender people use multiperson bathrooms and other facilities associated with their gender identity.

12. Tennessee moves to the forefront with anti-transgender laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative lawmakers nationwide introduced a flurry of anti-LGBTQ bills this year, but no state's political leaders have gone further than Tennessee in enacting new laws targeting transgender people.

13. Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case -

MEMPHIS (AP) — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge ruled Wednesday.

14. Condemned Tennessee inmate claims innocence, seeks DNA tests -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December asked a Shelby County court on Wednesday to order DNA testing of the evidence in his case.

Pervis Payne has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo. Christopher's son, Nicholas, who was 3 at the time, was also stabbed but survived. Payne told police he was at Christopher's apartment building to meet his girlfriend when he saw a man in bloody clothes run past him. Payne, who is African American, has said he found and tried to help the victims, who were white, but panicked when he saw a white policeman and ran away.

15. Knox to release arrestees; Memphis canceling court dates -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knox County's judges have ordered the sheriff's office to book and release all arrestees charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while Memphis has canceled all out-of-custody court dates in April.

16. Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims.

17. Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor -

LIBERTY (AP) — Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver's license for 20 years, but he just can't afford it.

18. Tennessee agency investigating 38 shootings involving police -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into 38 shootings involving police, the agency said Wednesday after officers fatally shot a man in a Memphis suburb.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told The Associated Press about the active probes across the state after the agency began investigating the death of Toby Bailey, 38. Bailey was killed early Wednesday when police said he barricaded himself inside a house and raised a handgun at officers who had barged into the residence.

19. TBI investigating 38 shootings involving police -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into 38 shootings involving police, the agency said Wednesday after officers fatally shot a man in a Memphis suburb.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told The Associated Press about the active probes across the state after the agency began investigating the death of Toby Bailey, 38. Bailey was killed early Wednesday when police said he barricaded himself inside a house and raised a handgun at officers who had barged into the residence.

20. Shot fired from Memphis ignites Civil War rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

21. Disciplinary charges dropped against Tennessee prosecutor -

MEMPHIS (AP) — A state board on Monday dropped disciplinary charges against the top prosecutor in Memphis arising from a murder case she handled.

Tennessee's Board of Professional Responsibility voluntarily dismissed a petition for discipline against Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich. In a news conference, Weirich said she has accepted a private reprimand from the board for her actions in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

22. Haslam offers $5.6M for DUI prosecution funding -

The governor’s office is promising $5.6 million in yearly funding and grants to maintain DUI enforcement prosecution across the state, money that would have been jeopardized by passage of an open container law.

23. Doctors applaud the end of Tennessee's fetal assault law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Brittany Hudson was pregnant, addicted to painkillers and afraid of a Tennessee law that calls for the arrest of mothers of drug-dependent babies. She eventually gave birth without medical help, on the side of a road in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

24. Bill passes that allows jurors to see in-life photographs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that would allow jurors to see photographs of murder victims when they were still alive.

Prosecutors and victims' rights advocates hailed the passage of the legislation as a return to portraying the dead as more than just a corpse. It comes during National Crimes Victims' Rights Week.

25. Ex-US attorney general on TN judge selection panel -

NASHVILLE -- Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one of five new members on a panel that nominates candidates for Tennessee's appeals courts and Supreme Court.

Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam along with Jesse Cannon, Jimmie Carpenter Miller, Cheryl Rice and Amy Weirich.