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WASHINGTON — America's cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oil- and gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River.

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.

MEMPHIS — Jordan Sibert scored 18 points, Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 and Dayton rolled past Stanford 82-72 on Thursday to make the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.

CINCINNATI — Less than two weeks after police say he and his girlfriend overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati, a father was convicted Thursday of child endangering.

LOS ALGODONES, Mexico — Colorado River water has begun pouring over a barren delta near the U.S.-Mexico border, the result of a landmark bi-national agreement being celebrated Thursday.

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.

The Air Force on Thursday fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announced it would discipline dozens of junior officers at a missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that officials called unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force.

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA — A 75-year-old man named Jeffrey Welch heard a knock at the door after. When the victim answered, he was knocked to the ground and tied up with duct tape.

NEW YORK — The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.

INDIANAPOLIS — Two months removed from surgery on his left shoulder, Robert Hubbs III last played in a basketball game for Tennessee in December.

FORT STEWART, Ga. — A military judge in Georgia has sentenced an Army soldier to life in prison with no chance of parole for the 2011 slaying of his pregnant wife, whose death enabled her husband to pocket $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

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NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that lawmakers still have a "ways to go" in reaching a consensus on his school voucher legislation, particularly in the House where the proposal has stalled.

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With hundreds of lakes and streams as well as several national forests and wildlife refuges, there are lots of options for anyone interested in trying their skills on the water or in the woods.

RED BANK, Tenn. — A 100 m.p.h. high-speed chase that started in Hamilton County early Thursday morning later ended in Georgia with the vehicle crashing in Gordon County.

Hamilton County's unemployment rate for February dropped to 6.9 percent from 7.1 percent the month before, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

NASHVILLE — The Senate today approved legislation barring automatic teller machines (ATMs) in or near businesses that provide bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.

Resolute Forest Products U.S. Inc. will invest $105 million in equipment and building improvements at its Calhoun, Tenn., pulp and paper mill and add about 25 jobs, officials said today.

For years, Chattanooga has billed itself as a haven for the artistic set, offering grants and other incentives to encourage creative types to move here, but you don't need to be a card-carrying, brush-wielding professional to produce a masterpiece in the Scenic City.

Chattanooga has become a magnet for outdoors enthusiasts, and with good reason. For one thing, it is within an hour's drive of more hiking trailheads than any other city in the world.

WASHINGTON (AP) — James R. Schlesinger, a hawkish and erudite Republican who straddled the partisan divide to serve in Cabinet-level posts under three presidents, has died, a Washington think tank said today. He was 85.

NASHVILLE — The first production model Fender Stratocaster has been sold for $250,000.

NASHVILLE — Republican state senators took final action today on a bill requiring Gov. Bill Haslam to obtain legislative approval for any deal he makes with the federal government to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

NEW YORK — A law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme.

Many of the parks in Hamilton County also feature playgrounds, and several cities have built large, multistructure community playgrounds.

The Hamilton County Highway Department has announced it will close Roberts Mill Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and it won't be reopened until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Florida governor and possible presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will speak in Birmingham in October.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee cities would be stripped of their legal ability to annex by ordinance on May 15, 2015 under a bill approved today by the state Senate.

Fleetwood Mac has announced that its upcoming tour of the U.S. will include singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, who hasn't toured with the band since 1998.

12 Chattanooga events you won't want to miss

When it comes to weather, Chattanooga is a world away from, say, sunny San Diego, Calif., where the climate rarely varies from perfect.

Chattanooga firefighters have extricated two victims from one of two cars involved in a crash in the 900 block of Alabama Highway this morning.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has announced some streets that will be closed this weekend for special events.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say a program aimed at revitalizing downtown commercial districts in communities across Tennessee generated nearly $60 million in public and private investment last year.

A man claiming to be a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is phoning residents telling them they have failed to appear in court on a warrant.

Christian Koch, a managing director at Volkswagen’s operations in Saxony, Germany, is slated to become the new chief executive for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

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East Tennessee’s little EmiSunshine has gone viral. Emilie Hamilton, the 9-year-old singer-songwriter, who goes by the stage name EmiSunshine has appeared regularly on Market Square, in concert halls, flea markets and on sidewalks all around East Tennessee. Over the past two weeks she has become an Internet star she will appear on NBC’s "Today" show on Friday, March 28, between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

The former Putnam County property assessor, Travis Roberts, used county money for his own benefit, an investigation by the Tennessee comptroller’s office shows.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner has suspended new admissions to two West Tennessee nursing homes because of alleged inadequate conditions at the facilities.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Gang, we have an open spot or two in Friday's mailbag. Whatcha got?

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man has pleaded not guilty to killing the great-niece of late country music singer Johnny Cash.

Several organizations have been established to serve Chattanooga's increasingly diverse community.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Brown gained fame by meting out justice as a TV judge. Now he's the one facing charges.

The Chattanooga Volkswagen plant's first and only chief is returning to Germany, sources said Wednesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee advanced in the Senate on Wednesday, even though lawmakers still have to work out differences in eligibility requirements before the measure eventually heads to his desk.

The MINI color run for the children and adults of Signal Centers, scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m. at Signal Centers, 109 N. Germantown Road, has been cancelled due to the cooler temperatures.

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has declined to 6.9 percent.

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

NEW YORK — Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality.

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public's waning assessment of Barack Obama.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.1 percent in February, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in January. The rate was 11.1 percent in February a year ago.

DARRINGTON, Wash. — Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington state's deadly mudslide.

PERTH, Australia — Australian officials say search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been suspended for the day due to bad weather.

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

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Tim Shults says he's got a beard for just one reason — he hates to shave.

Q: I dread the thought of having a colonoscopy. Is it really necessary to get screened for colorectal cancer?

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The world's going to hell in a handbasket, says the Rev. Carroll Allen, pastor of Ringgold Church of God, and he just can't stand around and do nothing.

Confronted by the news that their album had topped a Billboard chart, some bands might binge on Dom Perignon and polish up their finest pair of strutting shoes.

KNOXVILLE — It all started eight nights ago.

Erlanger and UTC officials said Wednesday that the potential reuse of a key nearby 17-acre former manufacturing site could serve as a catalyst for more growth and jobs in the area.

Jenny and Tyler Somers, who make up the pop/folk duo Jenny & Tyler, will bring their For Freedom Tour, meant to raise awareness of human trafficking, to The Salvation Army’s ReCreate Cafe on Saturday, March 29. Also performing will be Levi Weaver and Vanita Joines.

The entire sporting world knows Peter Ohr today.

Parents at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Sale Creek Middle-High, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and others have been lobbying for years for new or expanded schools.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In a computer lab at Cleveland State Community College, the sprint to the national health care deadline sounds like fast typing, the crackle of cellphones on speaker, and quiet-yet-direct murmurings about income and family and medical needs.

You don't have to be a writer to take part in the Meacham Writers Workshop this weekend at four sites around town. It's enough to simply appreciate contemporary prose and poetry -- and have a desire to hear some award-winning authors in an informal setting of readings and discussion sessions.

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INDIANAPOLIS — When you've reached zero Final Fours and but one Elite Eight in the 104 years you've fielded a men's basketball team, there are a lot painful moments.

Garden party

Native Plant Sale celebrates easy-care wildflowers, grasses, vines, trees and shrubs

Native Plant Sale celebrates easy-care wildflowers, grasses, vines, trees and shrubs

A medicinal oil made from marijuana that won't get you high — but has parents moving to Colorado where it's used to treat children suffering from hundreds of potentially fatal seizures each week — won't be allowed in Georgia this year.

With prom season on the horizon, Red Bank police hosted a simulated DUI and distracted driving program Wednesday at Red Bank High School.

Regardless of the level of competition, critical injuries are every football coach's worst nightmare.

Look for Rock City to become even more enchanted as it debuts Fairytale Nights, a kingdom inhabited by princesses, knights, fairies and other beloved fairy-tale characters.

Derek Mason is halfway through his first spring practice as Vanderbilt's football coach.

NASHVILLE — With the Haslam administration’s approval, a House panel on Wednesday passed a weaker version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill limiting sales of pseudophedrine-based cold medicines used to “cook” illegal meth.

NASHVILLE — A new legislative strategy in the eight-year fight to get tough on cock fighting in Tennessee is ruffling feathers.

The Chattanooga Roller Girls, a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, will open their home season on Saturday, March 29, with a Grand Slam against Vette City Roller Derby from Bowling Green, Ky.

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TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — Over the course of a normal baseball season more games will be decided by the execution — or not — of the little things.

Pure Experience touts healthy lifestyles - March 30

Guests will enjoy sweets, treats and giveaways during the session at Warehouse Row.

International model and health guru Lasse Larsen, founder of My Vegan Journey, a 90-day plan for adapting physically and emotionally to a plant-based lifestyle, will be the special guest at The Pure Experience / Experience 05.

A little inside information paid off for the Chattanooga State Tigers this week. Dalton senior Grant Sane, on the advice of CSTCC assistant coach Joe Wingate, signed on to play for the Tigers in a ceremony at the high school.

Mary Headrick is back at it.

'A Mighty Fortress' - March 28-29

Canadian musicians share their faith

Performers from a Christian boarding school in British Columbia, Canada, will begin their spring tour Friday night, March 28, in Dunlap, Tenn., and swing through Collegedale and Chattanooga the next day for more shows of "A Mighty Fortress: A Live Concert."

Repticon, the expo that shares reptiles with the world, will return to Chattanooga this weekend with an array of exotic animals, including ball pythons, sand boas, bearded dragons, geckos, turtles and spiders, such as this Chilean rose hair tarantula.

For the seventh time in the history of its program, Tennessee will play in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. The Volunteers are just 1-6 in their previous six visits to this stage. Tennessee's lone Elite Eight trip came in 2010. The Vols, an 11th seed in this NCAA tournament will try to make it there again against second-seeded Michigan on Friday night in Indianapolis.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Work to replace traffic and street signs throughout downtown Dayton is close to completion, a MainStreet Dayton design committee member said.

Quintana Roo bicycles and athletic equipment have been a staple of traithlons for 30 years, selling bikes and other equipment to athletes all over the world.

Chattanooga-based pop/rock/Americana artist Robert Lee will be the featured act at Live @ DeBarge Winery, 1617 Rossville Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29.

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UTC men's basketball coach Will Wade has been named to the 15-man list for the Hugh Durham Award which is given to the nation's top mid-major coach.

Richard Manning, the man charged with first-degree murder in December's road-rage slaying of a 39-year-old man in East Ridge, died Monday morning.

Former Central High School softball pitcher Heather Randolph will be one of three inductees at the Carson-Newman Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon starting at 10 a.m. on April 5 at the Jefferson City, Tenn., university.

Internationally known musicians and sound healers Paradiso & Rasamayi, a didgeridoo artist and singing bowl master alchemist, respectively, will lead a sound healing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Center for Mindful Living, 1212 McCallie Ave.

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Artists' books, simply put, are books created by artists. But once beyond that simple definition, things get trickier, say organizers of a new exhibit at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Louis Ross Golden Cairn Awards to recognize outdoors trailblazers - April 2

Outdoor athletes, enthusiasts and organizations honored

Outdoor athletes, enthusiasts and organizations honored.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., made his re-election bid for a third term official Wednesday with the embattled physician from South Pittsburg filing papers with the state State Division of Elections.

Sixteen artists will bring their one-of-a-kind handmade creations to Cleveland, Tenn., on Saturday, March 29, for the second annual FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St.

So far this spring, the Easter Bunny has kept a fairly low profile. Look for that to change this weekend as he makes his first appearances around the region on Saturday, March 29.

Being an entrepreneur isn't as sexy as people seem to think.

The Republican primary for county mayor leads the ballot in Franklin County, Tenn., where three men are vying for the GOP slot to take on the Democratic incumbent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press tops the list of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" list.

A vibraphonist/composer heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most important young artists in jazz" will close out the 34th season of Patten Performances at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Tuesday, April 1.

A lawyer who helped secure a pardon for one of the defendants in the infamous Scottsboro Boys case will be the keynote speaker for the 83rd commemoration of that racially fueled miscarriage of justice.

A dozen representatives from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce this week huddled in front of Kabob-sters to officially welcome the Middle Eastern restaurant to Chattanooga.

Take a stroll around the corner of Main and Market streets, and you may hear the smooth jazz tones of a trumpet drift out with the smell of seafood from the open door of Blue Orleans.

Like the tool-stuffed pastries baked by the film’s winsome young Agatha, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — the latest delight from writer/director/master chef Wes Anderson — is an irresistible frosted confection with a steely, purposeful center.

The first news to come out of “Bad Words” is that Jason Bateman can direct.

There is an ark with animals boarding it two by two, a great apocalyptic flood and the builder of the big boat, driven by foreknowledge of the catastrophe.

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After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom.

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The National Labor Relations Board hearing on the United Auto Workers request for a revote on unionizing Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will be held April 21 at the Hamilton County Courthouse, according to the federal agency.

BLEDSOE COUNTY, Tenn. — Forty-three people were indicted Monday by a Bledsoe County grand jury on drug charges in a cases originated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's drug investigation unit in April 2013.

Imagine how distraught you would be if you were sitting down and attempted to stand, only to discover that someone had made off with one of your legs.

There are so many cool things to do in Chattanooga these days, we don’t often mention things as far away as Knoxville, but this weekend’s Big Ears festival is a little different. Actually, it’s quite a bit different, in a Dennis Palmer kind of way.

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