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NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais today questioned whether his GOP primary rival, state Sen Jim Tracy, would support U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s proposed plan to raise the gas tax by tying it to inflation.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Thursday proposed a bipartisan plan to raise federal gas and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades as an answer to long-standing funding woes threatening to stall the nation's highway, bridge and transit programs.

NASHVILLE — Students attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in August likely are looking at a 6 percent jump in tuition along with hefty fee increases under a budget expected to be approved today by the UT system's board of trustees.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and a Democratic colleague today proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time since 1993 as Congress grapples with a looming shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund.

NASHVILLE -- An independent candidate for U.S. Senate says he filed a complaint today against Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign with the Federal Election Commission.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Tommy Crangle, of Signal Mountain, a state House District 27 candidate, says he backs a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would grant state lawmakers more authority in regulating abortion.

NASHVILLE — A nearly 65-year-old building donated to UTC in 1985 by hospital giant HCA and named by the university after company co-founder Thomas F. Frist Sr. is coming down.

NASHVILLE — Nine out of 10 lawyers in a Tennessee Bar Association poll recommend voters "retain" the three state Supreme Court justices on the Aug. 7 ballot.

NASHVILLE — A Republican group opposed to the reelection of three Democratic justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court is blasting a new Tennessee Bar Association poll showing its members overwhelmingly favoring keeping the judges.

NASHVILLE — Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball says he plans to amp up his bid for Democrats' U.S. Senate nomination on June 30 with a largely self-funded $300,000 to $400,000 television ad buy that covers most of Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — A $500,000 settlement in a Monroe County case involving the firing of 17 workers who backed the losing road superintendent candidate in 2010 should send a "powerful message" to rural Tennessee governments about political patronage, attorneys say.

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Joe Carr says U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning loss in his Virginia GOP primary election this week provides ample evidence that his own underdog tea party-fueled challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the Republican primary can succeed.

NASHVILLE — In their first paid outreach efforts to Republican primary voters in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District, GOP challenger Jim Tracy and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais are talking a lot about "integrity" and "trust."

NASHVILLE -- Republican Jim Tracy begins airing his first television ad in the 4th Congressional District campaign today with a spot that describes him as a "conservative" with "integrity" while delivering a veiled criticism of his GOP primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Attention registered voters in Chattanooga who would like to buy wine in local food stores.

NASHVILLE — Supporters of allowing wine to be sold in retail food stores plan to kick off referendum petition drives in major Tennessee cities, including Chattanooga, on Monday.

NASHVILLE — While the Chattanooga Lookouts are under contract to be sold to a Warner Robins, Ga., businessman, a group of investors led by state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, stands ready if the deal doesn't go through.

NASHVILLE — The Federal Election Commission is raising questions about Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Carr's latest campaign finance disclosure.

NASHVILLE — Former Congressman Van Hilleary will be Republican Jim Tracy's honorary campaign chairman in Tracy's 4th Congressional District GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE -- The Federal Election Commission is raising questions about Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Carr's latest campaign finance disclosure.

NASHVILLE — Former Congressman Van Hilleary will be Republican Jim Tracy’s honorary campaign chairman in Tracy’s 4th Congressional District GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Former Congressman Van Hilleary will be Republican Jim Tracy’s honorary campaign chairman in Tracy’s 4th Congressional District GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee will get a $3 million share in a $105 million settlement by 45 state attorneys general with drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced a seven-point, multi-agency plan to combat Tennesseeans’ “epidemic” abuse of prescription painkillers in a state that ranks No. 2 nationally for per-capita use of opioids.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a "strategic plan" dealing with prescription drug abuse that builds largely on actions taken in recent years by his administration.

NASHVILLE — A bipartisan group backing the retention of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000 so far as the incumbents seek to fend off a move led by Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey to defeat them.

NASHVILLE – A bipartisan group backing the retention of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000 so far.

NASHVILLE — When he first ran for the state's top office four years ago, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says it was not exactly a "safe bet" he would win.

NASHVILLE - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today kicked off his bid for a second term in a race where he faces no big-name opponents.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he will work this fall to pass a controversial amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would grant state lawmakers more authority in regulating abortions.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday his administration is back in discussions with Volkswagen officials over state incentives and other assistance programs needed to persuade the German auto manufacturer to build a new line of vehicles at its Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said today his administration is back in discussions with Volkswagen officials over state incentives and other things needed to persuade the German auto manufacturer to build a new line of vehicles at its Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Nearly 31 acres of Missionary Ridge land, steeped in Chattanooga's bloody Civil War history, should soon be in the protective hands of the people of Tennessee if current plans remain on track.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill proponents argued was aimed at retail vandalism caused by "flash mobs," saying the amended U.S. Chamber of Commerce-backed bill actually had the "unintended consequence" of slashing criminal penalties for polluters.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed legislation that proponents said was aimed at "flash mob" retail vandalism, saying the amended bill had the "unintended consequence" for reducing criminal penalties on polluters.

NASHVILLE — Only about one in four Tennessee voters currently backs giving the state Legislature more power to regulate abortion, according to a poll released Wednesday.

NASHVILLE -- Three out of every four Tennessee voters say they support legalizing marijuana in some form, be it for personal use or only for medicinal use.

When Bob Corker was Chattanooga’s mayor a decade ago, his encounters with “foreign powers” mostly were limited to dealings with neighboring towns in Hamilton County.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign says the Tennessee Republican's latest polling shows him with at a 56-14 over his best-known GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas.

NASHVILLE —Former state Rep. Donna Rowland Barrett has been appointed to the Tennessee State Election Commission, Secretary of State Tré Hargett said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — Former state Rep. Donna Rowland Barrett has been appointed to the Tennessee State Election Commission, Secretary of State Tre Hargett said today.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Monday that a decision on where Volkswagen will build a new sport utility vehicle is due “in the very near future.”

U.S. GOP Senate hopeful Joe Carr will be the featured speaker this Thursday at the Chattanooga Tea Party's monthly meeting.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today he believes things are "moving in the right direction" on Volkswagen's pending decision on whether to add a second line of production at the auto manufacturer's Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doesn't intend to put any of his own campaign cash behind his push to defeat three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for yes/no retention votes on the August ballot.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doesn't intend to put any of his own campaign cash behind his push to defeat three incumbent Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for yes/no retention votes on the August ballot.

NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William “Mickey” Barker says an effort by some fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to unseat three incumbent Democratic justices in August elections is nothing less than “an attack on the entire judicial system.”

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said today he won't take part in efforts by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountvile, to defeat three Democratic state Supreme Court justices on a yes/no retention election ballot this August.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., remains one of the nation's top 10 "most vulnerable" congressmen, according to a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper.

NASHVILLE — State officials have given UTC the go-ahead to begin planning a $59 million student residence hall to ease chronic bed shortages at the Chattanooga campus.

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