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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's annual estimated cost for needed public infrastructure improvements is at least $54.8 billion. The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations report says the estimate is up by $4.8 billion - or around 9.7% - from last year. Transportation and utilities needs are the most expensive at $29.6 billion for projects that need to be in some development stage from July 2018 through June 2023, an increase of more than $3.7 billion. The second largest is $14.2 billion needed for education infrastructure.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Disgraced former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada has confirmed he will run for reelection this year. Casada made the announcement Tuesday on a social media post. The 60-year-old Casada, a Republican from Franklin, has been a state lawmaker since 2003. He won nearly 70% of the vote against his Democratic opponent in 2018. Casada resigned from the top leadership post in August after revelations he exchanged sexually explicit text messages about women with his former chief of staff years ago.  

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Civil rights activists are challenging a Tennessee court rule that says people who have been jailed can't get their bail bond deposit back when their case is finished until court costs and other fees are removed first. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Civil Rights Corps and Choosing Justice Initiative announced Wednesday that they had sued Davidson County in federal court. It's Tennessee's second largest county and it includes Nashville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Almost three dozen big companies and more than 100 small businesses in Tennessee are predicting economic backlash from a newly enacted adoption state law and other proposals that target LGBT people. A letter from the likes of Amazon, Nike and Nissan to state officials offers the most wide-spanning rebuke to date of the law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Representatives from Dell, Warner Music Nashville, Postmates, Nashville Soccer Club spoke at a Nashville news conference announcing the letter.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Walton Family Foundation Board Chair Carrie Walton Penner announced the selection of Caryl M. Stern as the foundation's new executive director. Stern is a dynamic change-maker with deep experience in serving others. Recognized as one of the most respected nonprofit leaders in the country, Stern will lead the foundation known for creating access to opportunity for people and communities.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson, has died after a two-year fight with breast cancer. She was 49.

Blake Anderson says his wife died Monday night, just hours after the school announcedhe would be taking a leave of absence. He said on Twitter : "She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope."

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Officials say former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus has died in Arkansas of apparent heat stroke. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Petrus died Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital. He says Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop, and that his cause of death is listed as heat stroke.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed Thursday in a shooting in rural northern Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stone County Sheriff's deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed as he was responding to a call in Leslie when a suspect opened fire. Leslie is about 77 miles (124 kilometers) north of Little Rock.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug wants state Supreme Court justices to disqualify themselves from hearing his request to handle execution-related cases again.

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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — Alcohol sales are now legal in a northeastern Arkansas county after residents approved a measure to lift a 70-year-old ban on sales.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Randolph County began selling alcohol again this week. The county banned the sale of alcohol in the early 1940s. Voters in November approved a measure allowing alcohol sales after multiple legalization attempts.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved regulations for the state's new casinos, including one that could affect plans for a casino in Pope County.

The panel on Thursday approved the regulations, which will be reviewed by state lawmakers next week.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has voted to ban employers in the state from requiring their employees to be implanted with a microchip.

The House on Thursday approved by an 84-4 vote a bill that would ban employers from requiring an implant as a condition of employment. The measure would only allow microchipping if the employee gives written consent, and employers would be responsible for the cost of implanting and removing the chip.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill banning sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities with children, including wearing costumes or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to the fatal stabbing of his pregnant wife.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce says 41-year-old Rickey Crawford Jr. of Campbell Station pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for the November 2017 attack on his wife, 33-year-old Amanda Crawford.

Authorities say Amanda Crawford was found dead in her home from multiple stab wounds and that her unborn child also died.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it will distribute February's food stamp benefits early as a result of the partial government shutdown.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say the commander of a Criminal Investigation Division was suspended without pay for a week in December.

An investigative file released Wednesday says Lt. Brant Tosh violated several department policies, including unbecoming conduct, telling agents not to file for overtime, using agents and inmates for personal work and driving his state police vehicle for personal use.

Tosh is commander of CID Troop F based in Jonesboro. His father is Republican state Rep. Dwight Tosh, who is a retired state police captain.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Leaders of Arkansas' second-largest retirement system are considering how to adjust retiree benefits with the goal of reducing the system's nearly $2.3 billion in unfunded liabilities.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that trustees for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System decided Tuesday to draft bills.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Heath says an additional death due to the flu has been recorded I the past week.

The department said Tuesday that a total of 11 people have now died due to influenza during the flu season that began in September, including one juvenile.

Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Agriculture experts say Arkansas soybean farmers have lost at least $77 million this year after heavy rainfall interrupted harvest season and damaged the quality of the crop.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says he plans to resign, leaving the five-member commission with two members to start the new year as the terms of two other commissioners are ending.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the front will move across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles late Wednesday and on Thursday as it pushes south and eastward, then the storm system will likely follow on Friday and Saturday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri farmer has been indicted on federal charges of illegally applying a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.

KFVS-TV reports that 51-year-old Bobby David Lowrey, of Parma, was charged this month in a 53-count indictment. No attorney is listed for him in online court records and he doesn't have a listed phone number.

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MALVERN, Ark. (AP) — A two-year college in central Arkansas is considering merging with the University of Arkansas or the Arkansas State University systems.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller faces a Tuesday afternoon deadline to inform prison officials whether he wants to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution.

Miller is scheduled to die on Dec. 6 for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville.

Lethal injection is Tennessee's preferred execution method, but inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 have the option of choosing the electric chair.

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only thoroughbred racetrack has announced plans for a $100 million expansion that will include an on-site hotel, event center and a larger gambling area.

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming says the project is one of the largest hospitality investments in Arkansas history. Monday's announcement comes less than two weeks after voters legalized casino gambling at four sites in the state, including Oaklawn.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest electric utility says it will eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant under a settlement reached with environmental groups.

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