Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press

Kimberlee Kruesi

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Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Kimberlee:

Court lets Tennessee 6-week abortion ban take effect

A federal court has allowed Tennessee’s ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy to take effect, days after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion rights case → Read More

Anti-abortion centers to grow, wield more influence post-Roe

“Woman’s Choice,” the sign proclaims in bold pink letters. But despite promising abortion information and free pregnancy testing, the facility in Charleston, West Virginia, is designed to steer women facing an unwanted pregnancy away from choosing an abortion. → Read More

Legal battles likely as divided states grapple with abortion

The Supreme Court's decision to end the constitutional right to abortion likely will lead to legal battles as already divided states grapple with the new landscape of abortion access → Read More

Tennessee GOP leaders urge delay of toddler COVID-19 shots

Top Tennessee Republican House leaders are urging Gov. Bill Lee to delay the state’s health department from distributing and promoting the COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers → Read More

If Roe falls, some DAs won't enforce anti-abortion laws

As the Supreme Court appears on track to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, progressive prosecutors around the U.S. are declaring they won't enforce some of the most restrictive and punitive anti-abortion laws that GOP-led states have waited years to implement. → Read More

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states has largely stalled. → Read More

Tenn. governor signs bill regulating medication abortions

Republican Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that will strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them → Read More

Tenn. governor signs bill regulating medication abortions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The measure, which Lee signed on Thursday, will go into effect Jan. → Read More

2022 Tennessee lawmaking session: What passed and failed

Tennessee lawmakers cut taxes, helped subsidize a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans, added a new level of scrutiny for school library content and imposed tougher restrictions on transgender athletes in a busy 2022 legislative session that wrapped up for the year Thursday. Lawmakers have sent Republican Gov. Bill Lee plenty of bills to consider, though he has not vetoed anything as governor.… → Read More

Bill regulating medication abortions heads to Tenn. governor

Tennessee would become the latest state to impose harsh penalties on doctors who violate new, strict regulations dictating the dispensing of abortion pills under a proposal headed toward Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk → Read More

Tennessee Black-majority town takeover case before judge

Attorneys representing a majority-Black Tennessee town are hoping to stop a state takeover of the town's finances → Read More

Tennessee advancing bill banning abortion pills by mail

Tennessee Republicans are advancing legislation that would strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills. The bill includes requiring women to be examined in person by a doctor before receiving the medication. Under the Tennessee bill, delivery of abortion pills by mail would be outlawed and anyone who wanted to use abortion pills would be required to visit a doctor in advance and then… → Read More

Number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals reaches record low in US

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the summer of 2020. → Read More

Number of COVID patients in US hospitals reaches record low

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the omicron surge → Read More

Number of COVID patients in US hospitals has dropped 90% since mid-January

The freed up beds are expected to help U.S. hospitals retain exhausted staff, treat non-COVID-19 patients more quickly and cut down on inflated costs. → Read More

'Grooming': The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ school debate

Proponents of restrictions on how U.S. public schools address sexual orientation and gender identity say their ultimate goal is to allow parents more involvement in their children's education and ensure classroom materials are age-appropriate. → Read More

U.S. hospital welcomes first Ukraine child cancer patients

Four Ukrainian children with cancer and their families have arrived at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee → Read More

Tenn. 'divisive concept' bill targeting colleges advances

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are nearing final passage of legislation allowing students and staffers to sue public colleges and universities if they feel they’ve been unfairly punished for not accepting “divisive concepts.” → Read More

Tenn. senate leader won't support Texas-style abortion bill

Tennessee’s Senate Speaker Randy McNally says he doesn't support legislation that would ban abortions and allow almost anyone to file civil lawsuits against violators and collect damages → Read More

Tennessee lawmakers introduce Texas-styled abortion bill

Tennessee Republicans are advancing yet another strict anti-abortion measure strategically written to sidestep federal court challenges → Read More