Blake Farmer

Tens of thousands of Tennessee students steadied their clammy, test-day hands over a keyboard several days ago. And, for many, nothing happened.

It was the state's first time giving standardized exams on computers, but the rollout couldn't have gone much worse.

In lots of places, the testing platform slowed to a crawl or appeared to shut down entirely. Within hours, Tennessee scrapped online testing for the year.

The move comes after schools spent millions of dollars to buy additional PCs and to improve their wi-fi networks.

Top Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have discouraged lawmakers from spending much more time on gun bills. But many perennial proposals are back, along with a few new ones. And the most immediate change of allowing guns in Legislative Plaza may not involve a bill at all. 

Updated 5:30 p.m.

The long-awaited changeover to computer-based standardized testing in Tennessee won't happen this year.

"Like you, we are incredibly disappointed," Tennessee education commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to superintendents around the state.

Amid the hour-by-hour developments regarding the political fate of Rep. Jeremy Durham, lawmakers have made swift work on the notoriously sticky issue of school vouchers.

It’s not even close.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is Tennessee’s favorite candidate running for president, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

In this conversation, hear why GOP lawmakers had no appetite for the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" and why Democrats sat silent. There's also discussion of another bill that appears aimed at undermining same-sex marriage in Tennessee. Finally, a chat about the lawsuit filed by the same group that has been getting county commissions to pass resolutions in support of Tennessee's right to ignore U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Gunfire from training exercises could be heard outside as Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to a room of 200 troops from Fort Campbell heading to Iraq in the coming weeks. He noted that for some in the 101st Airborne Division, this will be a return trip with a new enemy.

“I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again," he said. "We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force. But then it would likely become our fight, and our fight alone.”

General Motors is showing off a new, smaller redesign of the GMC Acadia at the Detroit auto show. The automaker is also confirming that the crossover will be built at its plant in Spring Hill.

Tennessee doctors are prescribing far fewer high-powered narcotics than they were just a few years ago. State health officials believe that’s partly because physicians are now required to notify the state when they put patients on a regimen of painkillers.

There's a school bus driver shortage in districts from Indiana to Florida, and Nashville, Tenn., has one of the most pressing. Nearly a quarter of the city's 550 slots for drivers are unfilled — and that's when no one is sick.

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