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ATLANTA — The head of Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice is ordering a review of the state’s youth detention facilities after a federal report suggested high rates of sexual assaults on inmates.

By the time country giants Florida Georgia Line took the Bud Light Stage tonight, they looked out on a crowd that numbered in the tens of thousands and, according to festival organizers, was the biggest the venue had ever attracted.

OPELIKA, Ala. — A fourth one-time Auburn University football player has pleaded guilty to robbery charges.

A former Memphis Animal Shelter employee accused of choking dogs to control them as they were about to be euthanized was convicted Friday on four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season brought heavy rains but no major damage to the Southeastern U.S. on Friday, as it moved swiftly up the East Coast with flooding threats for as far north as New England.

PHILADELPHIA — A 42-year-old man who was allegedly high while operating demolition equipment when a downtown building collapsed and killed six people will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a top city official said Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man accused of holding three women captive in his run-down home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

KNOXVILLE — A woman was shot and killed in front of her home late this morning northwest of Knoxville College, and five suspects were taken into custody at a nearby residence a short time later, according to Knoxville police.

NASHVILLE Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a $10,000 reward from the state for information that can help in the case of a man killed in Robertson County.

A Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat TDI will attempt a world record for fuel economy on an 8,000-mile drive through the lower 48 states.

Officials at PK Management say displaced Patten Towers residents will stay in hotels through mid-June but could not comment on what happens after that date.

The network said today that 13 Sprint Cup races this season averaged a 4.8/10 rating.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has said Cassandra Smith Road between Hamill Road and Big Ridge Elementary School will be closed to all traffic from Monday at 9 a.m. until Friday at 3 p.m.

A man who led police on a nine-day chase after he walked into a pharmacy and threw gas on an employee, has been arrested.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has announced that begin milling and paving of Shallowford Road between Gunbarrel Road and Lee Highway will begin Monday at 7 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state agency that oversees the welfare of Tennessee children is again at financial odds with news organizations seeking more information.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recent report on the welfare of children in Tennessee highlights the importance of public programs.

The Boston Red Sox, with the 113th pick in the major league baseball draft, selected Lee University pitcher Myles Smith.

DALLAS — A Texas woman who told FBI agents her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested for allegedly sending the letters herself, law enforcement officials said Friday.

LOS ANGELES — Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died early Friday in a hospital, a state official said.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today announced that Lamar Flint will serve Chattanooga Fire Department chief.

A 55-year-old Soddy-Daisy woman has avoided jail time in a murder-for-hire plot, if she can stay out of trouble.

DeKalb County, Ala., Sheriff Jimmy Harris asks that everyone exercise caution this summer as we approach the season when traveling con artists start moving across the Southeast.

President Barack Obama is defending his government's secret surveillance, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America's phone records and U.S. internet use.

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast is closing after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely restarted with millions of people living nearby, officials announced Friday.

The mayors of Chattanooga and Hamilton County said today that discussions with top Volkswagen officials this week over expanding assembly at the Chattanooga plant were productive.

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.

Chattanooga-based Propex closes Georgia plant

Company also consolidates woven manufacturing at Hazlehurst

Propex will shutter its 1 million-square-foot Nashville, Ga. plant over the next six months, transferring operations to the company’s existing Hazlehurst, Ga. facililty, the company announced today.

Dave Chappelle, the stand-up comic/television star who has skewered everyone from Tiger Woods to Rick James, will appear at The Tivoli Theatre June 26.

Added road closings in Chattanooga have been announced by the traffic engineering office.

Gang, the time keeps flying, and it was another strong week.

U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows hiring is improving at a still-modest but steady pace.

The Chattanooga traffic engineering office has announced that Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway will be closed through June 223 in connection with Riverbend.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

We'll see showers and thunderstorms today, with a high near 81 degrees. The low tonight will be around 62.

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WASHINGTON — America as a whole has regained all the household wealth it lost to the Great Recession and then some, thanks to higher stock and home prices.

The CMA Music Fest is in full song in Nashville. Already, Nashville International Airport officials are offering tips for fans' departure.

WASHINGTON — A debate is raging among investors and analysts: Has the Federal Reserve inflated a stock market bubble by driving interest rates to record lows?

Here’s what you need to know about the secret program and how it works.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The courtyard outside the Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon become home to a monument to atheism.

MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs returned to the NBA Finals just the way they left — with a victory over LeBron James.

PHILADELPHIA — The search for victims of a building collapse that killed six people wound down Thursday, and the first civil lawsuit was filed amid mounting questions about whether the demolition company that was tearing down the structure caused the tragedy by cutting corners.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The 101st Airborne Division is doubling down on efforts to curb sexual assault and harassment, Fort Campbell’s acting commander said Thursday.

This time last year, Florida Georgia Line were the new guys opening the Country Throwdown tour, warming up the crowds for Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins and several others.

DECATUR, Tenn. — After losing several industrial prospects to other counties with better prepared sites, Meigs County Mayor Garland Lankford is determined to be ready for the next manufacturer looking for a plant site in Southeast Tennessee.

New University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster drove down the road with avid UTC fan Henry Davenport several years ago when Foster coached at Vanderbilt.

Oklahomans Herschel and Terri Ring are one-year empty-nesters and the proud new owners of a 638-horsepower 2010 ZR1 Corvette.

Dixie Fuller knew what he needed to do, standing at a show in Nashville last October.

LOS ANGELES — Rookie Yasiel Puig hit his first career grand slam, Zack Greinke pitched fou-hit ball over seven innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Atlanta 5-0 on Thursday night, snapping the Braves’ five-game winning streak.

A small raft, piled high with debris and scrap metal, bobs precariously on the bank of the Tennessee River, about half a mile downstream from the Delta Queen, partially hidden by the dense foliage growing close to the water.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won their final home game of the Southern League's first half Thursday night, roaring past Mississippi 13-8 at AT&T Field.

Chase Brookshire knows he doesn't have the wow factor when it comes to baseball's annual player draft.

WASHINGTON — Tri-state U.S. senators on Thursday reacted with outrage to reports that the National Security Agency confiscates millions of Verizon phone records each day. But through their own votes, those same senators helped the NSA obtain the records.

Georgia corrections officials shook up the leadership at more than 14 prisons or state facilities this week, reshuffling wardens across the state.

DALTON, Ga. — The Prepper's Trade Show and Expo could help prepare you for an apocalypse or teach you a trade you never knew.

Chris Kemp may have given his club a leg up on the rest of the major league baseball teams when the annual player draft resumes after lunch today.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Andy Ogletree is on a winning streak.

It's no coincidence that two of country music's hottest acts are opening the 2013 Riverbend Festival in back-to-back shows.

Q. There are many camps and programs that my children can attend this summer. How do I choose the best place to send my children?

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Business can transform communities.

Jerry Ray Tyler, shackled in front of the podium, faced a federal judge Thursday and admitted he was guilty of molesting two young girls and sharing images of the crime on the Internet. He said he was sorry.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Companies will need to embrace the changing makeup of their employee and customer populations if they want to succeed, a Chattanooga workplace diversity expert said Thursday.

These are new cases according to court records, that were filed in the Chattanooga and Winchester offIces of U.S. Bankruptcy courts Eastern District of Tennessee, May 30-June 5:

What is it about Fort Payne, Ala., Mayor Larry Chesser's choices in wheels?

A man sought by police after another man was choked during a fight, pushed into oncoming traffic and killed was arrested by authorities here.

For stealing the time, personnel and already-thin budgets of our area's most important aid agencies, the owners of Patten Towers ought to be charged with theft.

With nearly 35 percent more rain this year than normal in the Tennessee Valley, TVA was spilling water through five of its mainstream dams on the Tennessee River Thursday, keeping those preparing for the Riverbend Festival with a bit of high water.

More than two dozen Hamilton educators recently completed a yearlong instructional leadership program, and another 30 teachers will go through the program next year.

The U.S. Marshals Service has increased the reward for information leading to the capture of the final suspect in the March 24 beating death of an Aryan Nation member.

The Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old area man for vehicular homicide in a July 7, 2012, fatal crash.

Tennessee Department of Transportation road crews will close the Interstate 75 ramp at exit 3A (East Brainerd Road, SR-320) from 8 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday for concrete paving, officials said.

Q: Dad, Riverbend starts today. What should I see?

Today is the deadline to register for the sixth annual Criminal Justice Seminar, sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Branch of the NAACP.

I am so embarrassed for Coffee County.

What does it say about our town that the handicapped and desperately poor residents of Patten Towers had to spend almost a week on cots and the Red Cross and Salvation Army groups still caring for them can't rally donations to help feed and clothe them?

DUBLIN — During a trip to Ireland, one thing stood out to me, which explains most of Europe's high unemployment and slow economic growth: a lack of entrepreneurial spirit.

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“Hey, don’t look at me — I’m just the president!”

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  • By By Gene Healy
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HEADLINE: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann bill targets spending for conferences

ArtsBuild President Dan Bowers will serve as a presenter at the Americans for the Arts annual convention on June 16 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

A man fell to his death Wednesday while working on the roof of an addition to the Mohawk Industries plant at 106 John Bankson Drive in Summerville.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach Will Wade announced Thursday the hiring of Brooks Savage to the coaching staff as the director of basketball operations.

MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs returned to the NBA Finals just the way they left — with a victory over LeBron James.

AT&T plans to add 600 jobs across Georgia, in part, to help expand the phone company's wireless 4G LTE service.

Opening night at Riverbend brings its own level of excitement and it’s a good lineup across the board, but the don’t-miss band is Florida Georgia Line.

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