Rising star lawmaker took steep fall after sex allegations
Politics

Rising star lawmaker took steep fall after sex allegations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham was a vocal young conservative and a rising legislative star, unafraid to pick fights with fellow Republican legislators or the popular GOP governor. But his increasingly erratic behavior and mounting sexual harassment allegations finally caught up with him when the chamber voted 70-2 to expel him. … Continue reading

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Veterans Affairs restates policy banning Confederate flags

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has restated a policy that bans the raising of Confederate flags on permanent poles in federal cemeteries, affecting dozens of burial grounds across the nation — especially in the Deep South — and further contributing to the slow death of the 19th century symbols in modern American life. The … Continue reading

FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens
Health

FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign’s central message this summer — “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless” — via advertising and promotions with players. Ads will also run … Continue reading

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National Labor Relations Board declines VW’s union challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday declined to take up Volkswagen’s challenge of a union vote at its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee. In a 2-1 decision, the panel refused to consider the German automaker’s appeal on the basis that it raised “no substantial issues warranting review.” Volkswagen had … Continue reading