Tennessee

It's been nearly two years since the Department of Veterans Affairs came under fire for the amount of time veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The agency scrambled to find a fix, including allowing vets the option of seeing a private doctor via a program they call Veterans Choice.

Tennessee's Legislature is no longer considering a bill requiring transgender students to use school bathrooms based on their gender as assigned at birth, instead of their identified gender.

The measure had been hotly debated, The Associated Press reports, with religious organizations urging its advancement, saying it would protect children's privacy, and opponents saying suggesting it was discriminatory.

The bill's sponsor, Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn, says she wants to revise the legislation and reintroduce it next year.

In what is believed to be a first, the Bible could be adopted as a symbol of Tennessee, after the Legislature narrowly approved a bill designating "the Holy Bible as the official state book." The measure now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam.

"Critics called the proposal both unconstitutional and sacrilegious," Nashville Public Radio reports. "They also pointed out there are many versions of the Bible, none of which are specified in the resolution."

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The vote by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers union has sent shock waves throughout the world of organized labor. And that setback is an example of why the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers faces an uphill battle organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina.