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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The recent fatal police shooting of a homeless camper who spent years in and out of jail and New Mexico's only psychiatric hospital has sparked a push for more mental health resources in the state and a law requiring people with severe mental illnesses to take medications or face involuntary hospitalization.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies are showing resilience as states adopt increasingly aggressive tactics to drive down their numbers through hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals.

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech is suspending a fraternity for three years after an investigation into a member sending an email with instructions for "luring rapebait" at parties fueled with alcohol.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood soldier who gunned down three other military men before killing himself had an argument with colleagues in his unit before opening fire, and investigators believe his mental condition was not the "direct precipitating factor" in the shooting, authorities said Friday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended six employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A University of Arizona freshman has died after he fell from a 20-foot cooling tower he was climbing on a dormitory roof.

ATLANTA -- Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and a deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials over the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, one of them an al-Qaida cleric.

MARION COUNTY, Tenn. — A hunting accident in Marion County Thursday involving Monteagle Police Chief Virgil McNeese has left one man dead.

After joining the ranks of America's billionaires last year, Mohawk Industries CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum also got a 21.9 percent boost in his compensation last year.

WASHINGTON — Benefiting from the decision to overturn Ian Desmond's inside-the-park homer on replay review, the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 2-1 Friday, spoiling the Nationals' home opener and giving rookie manager Matt Williams his first loss.

Sheriff's deputies in DeKalb County, Ala., made two arrests on April 3.

WASHINGTON — A Republican running in Georgia's seven-way Senate primary released Friday an ad featuring a fake phone call from President Barack Obama.

The list of candidates for Chattanooga police chief has been narrowed to fewer than 20, and Mayor Andy Berke's blue-ribbon panel is interviewing some of them in person this week.

A national credit ratings firm praised Chattanooga in a weekly report for reducing the city's unfunded liability through the fire and police pension reform.

An Athens, Tenn., woman was arrested after reportedly pulling her boyfriend out of his car and then running him over with a vehicle during a fight.

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A dying father has given his young daughter a memory to last a lifetime, ensuring he will be by her side when she walks down the aisle one day — even if he won't be able to stand next to her.

The Tennessee Titans released running back Chris Johnson today.

NAACP representatives from the state, regional and local level today voiced support for workers rights and demanded that Volkswagen autoworkers vote concerning a union without the alleged influence from politicians.

LOS ANGELES — A family that claims a woman was frozen to death in a hospital morgue after she was prematurely declared dead can proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature's 2014 session has come to a close.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee needs volunteers to listen to howling dogs, wolves and coyotes.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The third annual Women Veterans Summit will be held this weekend in Franklin.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga will be closed to through traffic on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as it conducts its quarterly testing of the bridge.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Department of Transportation officials say they're gearing up to fight grime along Georgia highways.

Gang, excellent week and thanks as always for the questions. We'll kick around a bunch of this craziness on our radio show Press Row later today with our man David Paschall on ESPN 105.1 FM and simulcast here on timesfreepress.com.

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old wanted in the killing of his father in Tennessee hid from police dogs, officers and helicopters in central South Carolina with three of his friends for 10 hours Thursday before they were caught, police said.

Chattanooga area residents should be on the lookout for possible severe weather moving through Southeast Tennessee this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

UNION CITY, Ga. — Police near Atlanta are searching for a driver they say crashed into a pedestrian at a bus stop during a police chase, seriously injuring a woman.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state's three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has announced that the Wilcox Tunnel will be closed Tuesday through Thursday of next week to allow for quarterly maintenance to be performed.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A woman facing a possible death sentence in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter is seeking details about Alabama's execution methods.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A tornado watch is in effect for large parts of northern and central Alabama as thunderstorms roll across the state.

Here is your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

ST. LOUIS — Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful of water rescues.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost their opener 12-7 to the Jackson Generals on Thursday night at AT&T Field in an 11-inning game that was upstaged before the first pitch.

Like every bride-to-be, Jennifer White wanted to look flawless on the day she tied the knot with Marco Kuysten.

KNOXVILLE — Emmanuel Moseley looked dead to rights.

Raising the diesel fuel tax on barges that ply America's inland waterways could more than double the money available for lock and dam replacements and speed completion of the stalled Chickamauga lock replacement in Chattanooga, according to the head of civil works programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Bryan College could shed up to a quarter of its full-time faculty by fall if nobody blinks.

When the men's Final Four tips off Saturday evening in Dallas, it's a safe assumption that most of America's NCAA Tournament brackets will have long been busted to smithereens. Especially with top-seeded Florida being joined by the unlikely trio of second seed Wisconsin, seventh seed Connecticut and eighth seed Kentucky.

Leonard Floyd excelled in the old Georgia defense and appears to be thriving in the new one as well.

According to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, into the Wildcats' locker room a few weeks ago was wheeled a casket, from which Cal soon popped up proclaiming, "We aren't dead yet."

Andrés Carrión Alvarez lifted a black T-Mobile cellphone toward his eyes. He studied it.

Six miles from downtown Chattanooga the Yatsky family faced a final hurdle in a nine-year journey when their car broke down on the interstate.

Polynomial regression, neural network, step-wise regression, Pythagorean-expected winning percentage — all complex math and data analysis tools that can be used to examine nearly every measurable part of a basketball game.

All the players in the 2014 election season have taken the field. And four incumbent state legislators from Hamilton County can just ease along this election season if they like.

KNOXVILLE — At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Jason Carr already was pretty hard to miss on Tennessee's practice fields.

A woman came home to her PineWood apartment in Brainerd on Thursday morning from working third-shift to discover her boyfriend dead.

For one of the few times in his teaching and coaching career, Tyner football coach Wayne Turner was caught unawares earlier this week.

Though it has been nearly three years since Kevin Yates was killed in a car crash involving a drunken driver, his heart lives on.

Central High School again is looking for a football coach.

East Ridge is filling in the old Youth Foundation pool in anticipation of creating a new park or green space there.

KNOXVILLE — Quinton Chievous has been granted a release from his basketball scholarship at Tennessee and is free to transfer to any program outside the Southeastern Conference, Volunteers officials announced Wednesday.

The halfway mark of the Georgia high school baseball region schedules is here, and little has been decided in the Chattanooga area.

Q. I hoped the harsh winter would limit pests. However, spring time has brought the bugs to my new home. Does BBB have advice for selecting a pest management company?

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Three out of seven of the Bradley County Commission's two-seat district races will be settled in the Republican primary.

The vision for Hixson High School tennis coach Raul Fernandez isn't quite complete, but there's certainly a lot more clarity than there was five years ago.

Alex Prewitt flirted with a no-hitter for three innings and gave up just three hits over the next three Thursday, and his Hixson High School baseball team improved to 13-7 with a 5-3 victory over stubborn Meigs County.

The on-ramps to Interstate 24 east from South Terrace Road and the off ramp to Moore Road from I-24 east will be closed this weekend for concrete repairs.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed Thursday morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke against it.

The details of Sunday's fatal motorcycle wreck on Hixson Pike near the entrance to Northgate Mall are still emerging as a police investigation continues.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Slade Dale fully believes in baseball deities, and the Ringgold High School shortstop knows they can be fickle.

It is the saddest of ironies: twin brothers in Red Bank who tried to live the most private lives possible are now the talk of the town, known across Chattanooga and beyond.

It usually takes a goal to get the Boyd-Buchanan boys' soccer team fired up. A goal by the other team, that is.

Q: Dad, what is one of the biggest life lessons you've learned lately?

Silverdale Baptist Academy scuffled through the District 5-A high school softball season a year ago while Arts & Sciences was busy winning the district regular season for the first time in school history.

Bob Doll, former president and chief investment officer at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, will be the featured speaker at the 36th Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Attorneys for Chattanooga Volkswagen workers opposed to the United Auto Workers said Tuesday the union is using "false evidence" in its request to delay an April 21 hearing on an its appeal to a February union vote.

The man killed by a train in Dade County, Ga., Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Alvin G. Yount of Chattanooga.

Adam McLamb has joined the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball coaching staff after two years as a volunteer assistant at Virginia Tech.

Caldwell named McCallie's Distinguished Alumnus

Magnet schools are not represented in Hamilton County.

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No good deed goes unpunished, eh?

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I was just out of grad school, broke, and working in New York City.

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It's official, Tennesseans. When the state's Republican leaders talk about recruiting jobs during their campaign speeches, they're not being completely honest.

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Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

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