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                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Samantha Fillmore who is the state government relations manager at the Heartland Institute to...
                        Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and members of his staff would not say Thursday whether they will dispatch resources to Texas and Arizona to help guard the U.S.-Mexican border. The Tennessee Star made repeated attempts Thursday to contact Lee’s Communications Director Laine Arnold — by email, phone, and text....
                        Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, M.D. came under intense fire from state legislators and members of the public alike, during a meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Joint Government Operations Committee meeting held Wednesday, for activities interpreted as marketing COVID-19 shots directly to children under the...
    A senior Chinese spy catcher could have defected to the United States, according to rumors on Chinese social media, and informed Washington DC about what is going on inside the Wuhan lab. Dong Jingwei is believed to have fled to the U.S. on February 10 with his daughter, according to rumors cited by Spy Talk.  Dong was a vice minister of...
    By John Raby | Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Justice has slammed a new West Virginia law that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports, asserting in a court filing Thursday that the ban violates federal law. The department filed what is known as a statement of interest in a lawsuit by the American...
    More On: wall street Wall Street-backed mega-charity Robin Hood Foundation names new CEO Big bank CEOs tell investors trading boom could turn into a bust Deutsche Bank reportedly poised to reap windfall on risky cargo bet Goldman Sachs reportedly plans to move more than 100 bankers to Florida Even post-COVID, the exodus of wealthy New Yorkers will continue until...
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vowed to support law enforcement after signing legislation Thursday to make rioting a felony and establish qualified immunity that would protect police officers and state employees from being held responsible for monetary damages. The Back the Blue Act establishes an aggravated misdemeanor charge for “interference with public disorder control” and broadens state criminal code to...
    More On: mental health Suicide attempts spike in teen girls during COVID-19 pandemic: study Young adults are skipping school and parties because of ‘bad skin’ Poll finds millions in the US struggle through life with few to trust Maya Wiley’s radical mayoral bid threatens an already crisis-ridden NYC Scott Stringer was a leader in the mayoral race until #MeToo...
    During an appearance on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) explained his decision to send state law enforcement officers to the border to aid Texas and Arizona handle the influx of drugs and other criminal elements. The Florida governor likened it to help his state has gotten in the past responding to hurricanes. “So, when we have emergency...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In an effort to boost lagging vaccination rates in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced the state will offer $10 million in prizes for people who have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – $7 million in cash prizes for vaccinated adults, and $3 million in scholarships for vaccinated youth ages 12 to...
    (CNN)As record heat bakes the Southwest and an intensifying drought tightens its grip, vegetation in California has dried to historic levels, putting the region at even greater risk of wildfires, officials say.In the Los Angeles area, moisture levels in vegetation have fallen to lows not seen since 2016, when the region was in the grip of "exceptional drought," the most...
    The 2022 midterm elections could bring a rematch between former Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. “I'm absolutely leaving open the possibility” of running again, Loeffler told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. “I absolutely at the right time will evaluate that and make that decision.” Loeffler met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on...
    Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images The Golden State Warriors are looking to return to title contention next season. With the right moves, they could surround Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the right pieces to make this happen. Given their circumstances and low expectations heading into the 2020-21 season, you could chalk up the Warriors‘ season as a success. Golden...
    “Bad policies” have created the problem on the southern border, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Wednesday, the day the state announced it is sending local and state law enforcement to Texas and Arizona as part of an effort to assist the states in the ongoing border crisis. “We have a crisis at our border – a crisis created by bad...
    (CNN)The first reported Asian giant hornet of 2021 in the United States was found dead near Seattle by a Washington state resident in early June. The dead insect, nicknamed the "murder hornet," found in Marysville, Washington, was dried out and emerged earlier than usual, so it may have been an "old hornet from a previous season that wasn't discovered until...
    Tulsa Race Massacre: How to Watch New Docs Commemorating the 100th Anniversary Sen. Warren presses major pharma trade group on efforts to block Covid vaccine patent waivers Editor's note: This story was updated June 17, 2021, to include new hires. Nick Sabans Alabama program cements legacy as greatest ever USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE...
    In recent years, the inherent cruelty of factory farming has become more widely known amongst the general public. As consumers learn about the cramped, unnatural, and torturous lives endured by the animals who are used by the industrial food system, more and more of them are choosing to lower their consumption of meat, dairy, and other animal products. However, what...
    Arizona State's football program and head coach Herm Edwards are being investigated by the NCAA amid claims that recruits were allowed to attend games at Sun Devil Stadium and were even hidden by coaches in private suites, in violation of pandemic-era recruiting restrictions. The school acknowledged on Wednesday that its football team is being investigated by the NCAA, but it...
    REUTERS/Lucas JacksonWork-from-home orders, business and school closures, indoor mask mandates all made every resident of the state aware that Gov. Tim Walz had extraordinary powers.For more than 15 months, the declarations of peacetime emergency by Gov. Tim Walz impacted everyone in the state of Minnesota. Soon, they might only directly affect a few hundred. Work-from-home orders, business and school closures,...
    It’s quite possible that Cal or Stanford will receive an invitation to play in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl in December. Maybe the invitation will be to play against San Jose State. Laughable as it seems, the new bowl game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will be called the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl in what was referred to...
    Over the next few days, the Bay Area News Group will examine what went right, what went wrong and the biggest offseason questions for each of the Warriors players. Next up is Draymond Green, who showed he can still anchor one of the NBA’s best defenses. What went right A look comparing Draymond Green’s stats from a year...
    The Olympic rings. Hiro Komae/AP Images Japan is due to lift its state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures from June 20. The Tokyo Olympics are due to start on July 23. The games have faced opposition because of the pandemic, but organizers say they will be safe. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Japan...
    BOSTON (CBS) — There’s no better state to live in than Massachusetts according to a new report. . . except New Jersey.  WalletHub’s 2021 ranking of the “Best States To Live In” has Massachusetts at No. 2, right behind The Garden State. The ranking was based on livability factors that “range from housing costs and income growth to education rate...
    A newborn baby girl has been found alive floating in a wooden box in the River Ganges in India. The 21-day-old infant was heard crying by a boatman who discovered her wrapped in a red scarf inside the box decorated with images of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Durga. Footage shows the moment a crowd stirred around Gullu Chaudhary as...
    (CNN)Louisiana will stop paying the $300-a-week federal boost to pandemic unemployment benefits at the end of July -- the first Democrat-led state to drop the assistance.Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday signed a bill that terminates the federal enhancement early in exchange for increasing the maximum state unemployment benefit by $28 to $275 a week, starting in 2022.Are unemployment benefits...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott, said he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico, the move also extends his political fight over immigration with the Democratic Biden administration. But questions remain over how far Abbott, a Republican, can go for...
    (CNN)The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday halted executions in the state until procedures for its newest method of execution -- firing squad -- are finalized. Attorneys for Brad Keith Sigmon, who had been scheduled to be executed on Friday, successfully petitioned the state's high court to stay the execution due to South Carolina having only one method available, the...
    THE US Senate and House have passed a resolution establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. But prior to that resolution, the holiday was celebrated in several different states and gained recognition throughout the country as an important date commemorating the end of slavery in the US. 3June 19 is an official holiday known as Juneteenth in some statesCredit:...
    Brandon Henley, Ashley's wife and Kristina Jones' sister, said he believes they were killed by the same person The husband of a former Mississippi legislator who was fatally shot on the same property where her sister-in-law's body was found has said he believes he was targeted for pushing for answers in his sister's death.  Brandon Henley offered up his...
    Minnesota cities, townships, and counties are facing a tough balancing act. State Auditor Julie BlahaDay in and day out, the pandemic has forced community leaders to make hundreds of hard choices to keep budgets balanced while still providing the services necessary to keep our communities running. As state auditor, I oversee over $40 billion in local government spending, so I...
    UPDATE: On June 14, Disneyland updated their mask guidance. As of June 15, masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated guests both indoors and outdoors. Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue to wear face coverings indoors, except when dining.California has officially reopened as of June 15 after over a year of restrictions and closures...
    CJ Stroud, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports) The Ohio State football team was one victory away from winning a national title last season. In Ryan Day’s first two years leading the Ohio State football team, the Buckeyes have made the College Football Playoff twice, played for a national championship once and have never lost a regular-season...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The state’s employment department is warning people against a scam leading to identity theft. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said there are prevalent phishing schemes that ” may be leading to identity theft as international bad actors continue to attempt to exploit unemployment systems across the country.” READ MORE: How Does Chicago’s New Speed Camera...
    A policy that would make permanent a COVID-19 rule allowing cocktail sales to go in Pennsylvania advanced out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday. But Democrats warn that a last-minute amendment to expand the sales of canned mixed drinks beyond the state’s wine and liquor stores will implode what’s designed to be a restaurant relief bill. “The...
    DENVER (CBS4) – In the first live performances since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company is returning to the stage. “Wild Fire,” a show about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the East Troublesome Fire is scheduled to tour Colorado, making stops in Denver, Winter Park, Dillon and Grand Junction between Aug. 16...
    DENVER (CBS4) – In the first live performance since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Theater Company is returning to the stage. “Wild Fire,” a show about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the East Troublesome Fire is scheduled to tour Colorado, making stops in Denver, Winter Park, Dillon, and Grand Junction between Aug. 16...
    Austin Beutner, the outgoing leader of the Los Angeles Unified School District, took the stage of the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday to declare that the state of the city’s schools is excellent. But as he focused on accomplishments, others in the audience were pondering the work ahead. The superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school system read out a lengthy list...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An exclusive Eyewitness News poll asked Californians how they feel about the state reopening Tuesday, to which roughly one in five said the rollback of restrictions is coming early.Among those polled, 21% said the state's reopening is "too soon," but 42% said the June 15 date is fitting, while 25% said the rollback is overdue. The...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Californians just wanna have fun! Amy Paffrath plays with nearly 2-year-old daughter Ember Seeley and father Drew Seeley as they build sand castles at Playa Del Rey Beach Friday morning. The family from Echo Park is spending time at the beach waiting for Mom to arrive at LAX. We take any chance we can get to...
    People in five states were infected with COVID-19 as early as December 2019, before the first confirmed case in the U.S., according to a government study in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal published Tuesday. From the 24,079 participants with who gave blood samples for a National Institutes of Health research program from Jan. 2 to March 18, 2020, nine tested positive...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) —  As the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday labeled the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus a “variant of concern,” Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed the potential impact it could have on the state, on the same day the U.S. passed more than 600,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. DeSantis avoided directly answering...
    California imposed the first statewide shutdown in March 2020, and on Tuesday, the state was among the last to fully reopen.Effective at 12:01 a.m., the state officially scrapped its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the four-tier, color-coded roadmap of restrictions on economic activity and public gatherings based on individual counties' COVID case rates and testing-positivity rates.In short, pretty much everything...
    Today, June 15, 2021, California has officially reopened. Here in the Bay Area, we’ve been living under fluctuating coronavirus restrictions since March 2020, when a shelter-in-place order was instituted. Mask mandates arrived in April 2020. The state’s colored tiers reopening system came at the end of last summer. Now, the tiers are gone. So are capacity limits at restaurants, bars,...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom ushered in California's reopening from Universal Studios in Los Angeles by giving away $15 million to ten vaccinated Californians.Each winner gets $1.5 million in cash upon receiving their second dose, if they haven't gotten fully vaccinated already.We don't know their names, but we know their counties of residence: Los Angeles County (four winners) Marin County...
    Two weeks from the transfer deadline, the Hotline finally has mustered the courage to make sense of the player movement across Pac-12 rosters. By our count, more than 50 transfers have joined the conference for the 2021 season. While the vast majority will function in limited roles, some to-be-determined number — maybe it’s five; perhaps it’s 12 or 15 —...