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NASHVILLE-MUSIC CITY CENTER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new convention center in Nashville is transforming the look of downtown with a wavy roof dominating six city blocks, but tourism officials hope the eye-catching facility will also show business travelers a revitalized Music City. The Music City Center has generated heated debate within the city over its $623 million price tag. Critics also contend the city is jumping into an oversaturated market for conventions. By Kristin M. Hall.
ANIMAL ABUSE VIDEOS
SMYRNA, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is no closer to making up his mind on whether to veto a bill that makes it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours. Haslam said he is considering constitutional concerns and philosophical questions about the bill, which would stop undercover operations like the one that exposed how Tennessee walking horses were subjected to beatings and caustic burns by trainers. By Erik Schelzig.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Nashville with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday to drum up support for Internet sales tax collection and an immigration overhaul. Durbin is an Illinois Democrat who is sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and others. By Travis Loller.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS-REFUGES
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold five public meetings around the South in June to hear what people think about using genetically modified crops on refuges to provide food for ducks, geese and other migrating waterfowl. Under cooperative agreements with the agency, farmers harvest part of the crops they grow on about 44,000 acres scattered in various refuges — about 1 percent of the land in 138 refuges in a district covering 10 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
RENAMING CONFEDERATE PARKS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A special committee formed to suggest new names for three Memphis city parks has made a recommendation to the City Council.
MASS LAYOFF UNIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is shutting down a rapid response team that has been sent to aid workers in mass layoffs.
COWAN, Tenn. — Authorities in western New York state are looking for a suspect in the March killing of a man found dead in a Tennessee cornfield.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — An investigation that included the weekend evacuation of students from a college apartment building in Johnson City has come down to magic mushrooms.
PEOPLE-KENNY CHESNEY — Country star Kenny Chesney is starting a fund to help those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing. AP Photos.
MUSIC-TIM MCGRAW — Curb Records is suing Tim McGraw. AP Photos.
GOODMAN EXPANSION — Goodman Manufacturing will expand its plant in Dayton, creating 200 new jobs.
BANK ROBBERY PLEA — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for robbing more than a dozen banks in multiple states.
NASHVILLE HOMICIDE — Police in Nashville say a body found early Tuesday on a road in the northern part of the city was that of a young Clarksville man.
PUPPY BREAK — Stressed-out students getting ready for finals at Rhodes College have taken a break to pet some puppies.
MARQUETTE HOSPITAL-EXPANSION — Marquette General Hospital plans to spend $300 million over the next 10 years to renovate and expand its Upper Peninsula facilities.
ARNOLD-WIND TUNNEL — Officials of Arnold Engineering Development Center are upgrading a wind tunnel at the U.S. Air Force installation at Tullahoma. AP Photos.
TSU-MILITARY GRANT — A Tennessee State University professor has won a $334,000 grant to explore developing technology that would improve the capability of automated surveillance systems.
MAIN STREET PROGRAM — State officials say a program that aims to revitalize downtown commercial districts in communities across Tennessee generated more than $82 million in private and public investment last year.
TENNESSEE RECORD GAR — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed a new fishing record catch for spotted gar.