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The Tennessee Supreme Court has delayed the execution of Billy Ray Irick, the convicted rapist and murderer who was scheduled to die Oct. 7. The court issued an order Thursday granting a motion filed by Irick's attorneys last week , which sought to postpone the execution because of an ongoing lawsuit. Irick, who is sentenced to die for raping and murdering a 7-year-old Knoxville girl in 1985, is one of 11 death row inmates who are suing the state over the secrecy surrounding its lethal injection protocol. Comment?
There he was. Gordon Ball. The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate who will be opposite Sen. Lamar Alexander on the ballot this fall. Comment?
For weeks, officials of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration have proclaimed that three independent and "world class" veterinarians would oversee inspections to guard against horse soring at the show in Shelbyville this week. Comment?
The August issue of Wine Spectator includes the winners of the 2014 Restaurant Awards for excellence in wine lists. Comment?
WBIR in Knoxville reports that a new law allowing women to be criminally charged for drug use during pregnancy has been put to use for the first time. Comment?
The tradition of political satire in America is rich, though it doesn't seem quite as much fun in the recent era. Comment?
As you might have heard, Knoxville state Sen. Stacey Campfield used his "Thought of the Day" earlier this week to compare Americans signing up for insurance through Obamacare to Jews boarding German trains during the Holocaust. Comment?
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