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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill allowing adoption agencies to deny gay couples

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill allowing adoption agencies to deny gay couplesAdvocacy groups said the bill targeted members of the LGBTQ community, while proponents said it was a necessary protection for faith-based groups.



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Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chairA Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state’s preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death Feb. 20 for the stabbing death of a fellow inmate decades ago while serving a life sentence for his grandmother’s slaying. An affidavit signed on Tuesday said he waives the right to be executed by lethal injection and chooses electrocution.



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Tennessee governor says state will keep resettling refugees

Tennessee governor says state will keep resettling refugeesTennessee won’t stop resettling refugees, Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday, rejecting the option offered to states by President Donald Trump’s administration. The issue forced Lee, who campaigned on his Christian beliefs, to consider his own experience helping refugees and weigh it against the will of fellow Republicans in the Legislature. GOP lawmakers had sued the federal government over its refugee resettlement program and legislative leaders hoped Lee would accept Trump’s offer.



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Tennessee executes blind death row inmate Lee Hall by electric chair for 1991 murder of girlfriend

Tennessee executes blind death row inmate Lee Hall by electric chair for 1991 murder of girlfriendTennessee executed death row inmate Lee Hall in the electric chair Thursday night. Hall was convicted of the 1991 murder of Traci Crozier.



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Blind Tennessee inmate faces execution for woman's killing

Blind Tennessee inmate faces execution for woman's killingTennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Barring an 11th-hour stay, 53-year-old inmate Lee Hall is scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday evening for his conviction in the 1991 burning death of his estranged girlfriend. Earlier this year, Hall chose the electric chair over lethal injection as allowed under state law.



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Two of four teens who escaped juvenile detention center found outside Tennessee apartments

Two of four teens who escaped juvenile detention center found outside Tennessee apartmentsMetro Nashville police arrested the teens, who escaped Saturday, outside an apartment complex in Madison, Tennessee. Two are still on the loose.



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Tennessee governor not stopping planned execution Thursday

Tennessee governor not stopping planned execution ThursdayTennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won't stop the state from putting a blind inmate to death in the electric chair later this week, clearing the way for the execution unless a federal court intervenes. Lee Hall, a 53-year-old inmate who became blind from glaucoma during is decades in prison, is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend. Earlier this year, Hall chose the electric chair over lethal injection as allowed under state law.



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Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmate

Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmateThe execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been put to death in the U.S., the death row inmate’s lawyers say. Lee Hall, 53, is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday in a state that has accelerated the pace of its executions over the past year. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the condemned prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma.



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Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chair

Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chairStephen Michael West was sentenced to death for the 1986 stabbing deaths of Wanda Romines, 51, and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines.



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Tennessee inmate executed in electric chair for killings

Tennessee inmate executed in electric chair for killingsTennessee executed its third inmate in the electric chair since November, killing a man Thursday who maintained that he didn't stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter to death in 1986. State officials pronounced 56-year-old Stephen West dead at 7:27 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. This week, West decided he preferred to die in the electric chair after previously voicing no preference, which would have defaulted him to lethal injection.



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