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Kimberlee Kruesi

The Associated Press

Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Kimberlee:

Why some lawmakers are concerned about a lack of exemptions to Tennessee's trigger abortion ban

Tennessee's attorney general's office said it's unknown when state's anti-abortion "trigger ban" will go into effect, but some state lawmakers are raising alarms. → Read More

Tennessee governor's aide warned lawmakers new COVID-19 law was illegal

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office warned lawmakers that their sprawling bill limiting COVID-19 restrictions would violate federal law. → Read More

Emails reveal dismay, anger over Tennessee vaccine chief's firing

Tennessee's Department of Health sparked national attention when Dr. Michelle Fiscus was fired under pressure from Republican legislators over child vaccines. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extends school mask opt-outs blocked by judges

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told reporters Thursday that he will extend the order, which was blocked by judges, by 30 days. It was set to expire on Oct. 5. → Read More

Tennessee Attorney General to appeal school mask opt-out rulings

Herbert Slatery said he would only appeal two out of the three lawsuits filed by families and advocates opposed to the order. → Read More

Tennessee leads nation for new COVID-19 cases per capita

Tennessee now ranks first in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita as the state continues to battle its worst virus surge yet. → Read More

Children continue to be hit hard by COVID-19 surge in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health said the number of children contracting COVID-19 now makes up 40% of all of the state's cases. → Read More

Federal appeals court upholds abortion waiting-period in Tennessee

Justices on Thursday argued that opponents had failed to identify instances where a woman had been significantly burdened by the requirement. → Read More

In Shelby County, a quarter of active COVID-19 cases are in children

Health officials said among 4,383 active cases, 1,051 are among people under 18. → Read More

After lengthy battle with COVID-19, Tennessee GOP lawmaker urges vaccinations

Republican State Rep. David Byrd detailed his struggle with the virus in a lengthy statement Friday, describing how the disease put him in an intensive care unit. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee defends agency's vaccine chief firing and outreach rollback

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee is defending his administration's firing of the state's vaccination chief and rollback of outreach for childhood vaccines. → Read More

Feds not alerting Tennessee about migrant kids, says Lee administration

Gov. Lee's administration said privacy concerns prevent the federal Department of Health and Human Services from disclosing such information. → Read More

Tennessee's transgender bathroom sign law faces a new legal challenge

In the complaint, founder of Curb Records argues the law violates his First Amendment rights because he is being forced to use state's "discriminatory message." → Read More

Months after Nashville bombing, slow recovery work continues

Since the Christmas Day bombing 31 businesses off Lower Broadway have reopened. → Read More

Closed Chattanooga cold case murder tied to ousted Tennessee governor

Investigators in Hamilton County have been chipping away the 42-year-old cold case of Samuel Pettyjohn since they renewed their investigation in 2015. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools

Tennessee is the latest state to ban teachers from talking about certain aspects of race and racism in public schools. → Read More

Nashville District Attorney said he won't enforce new transgender bathroom sign law

Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk said his office will not enforce "transphobic or homophobic laws." → Read More

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee okays transgender youth treatment ban

The move makes Tennessee just the 2nd state in the United States to enact such a ban after Arkansas. → Read More

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is defending the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people. → Read More

Tennessee bill will require women getting an abortion to bury or cremate fetal remains

Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill in Tennessee which would require people seeking an abortion to bury or cremate the fetal remains. → Read More