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Chattanooga school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Chattanooga¬†school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children. WTVC-TV reports that Johnthony Walker was arraigned Friday morning via video in Hamilton County Criminal Court. Walker is also charged with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one…

Tennessee transgender bathroom bill fails in Senate panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee has failed in a state Senate committee. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday made no motion to consider the legislation by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet. The lack of a motion effectively kills the bill for the year. The bill sought to require students at public schools and…

Guns on boats, silencer bills advance while others delayed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel of Tennessee lawmakers has advanced bills to allow the use of silencers, let boaters bring their loaded guns on board, and permit off-duty law enforcement officers to bring guns into ticketed events at sports stadiums and other venues. But the state Senate Judiciary Committee also delayed action Tuesday on one of the most disputed…

Anti-tax group green-lights Haslam’s road funding plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The conservative group Americans for Tax Reform is informing Tennessee lawmakers that a vote for Gov. Bill Haslam’s road funding proposals will not violate their pledges to not raise taxes. The Republican governor’s plan would include the state’s first gas tax hike since 1989 but also would make a variety of tax cuts in other areas….

3 Tenn. death row inmates lose Supreme Court appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. The justices on Monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates Pervis Payne, Michael Sample and Vincent Sims. The three men said Tennessee has refused to apply a 2014…

Tennessee general fund revenues beat projections by $8.4M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s general fund tax collections were $8.4 million above projections in February, bringing the state’s surplus revenues to $491 million through the first seven months of the budget year. Sales tax collections came in at $33 million above estimates during the month, which reflects economic activity in January. But corporate franchise and excise taxes were nearly…