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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee lawmaker has taken steps to follow through on a promise not to pursue school voucher legislation this year. On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville withdrew his bill from consideration for now. Vouchers allow public school children to use taxpayer money to go to private schools. Brooks and Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey had unsuccessfully advocated last year for a voucher pilot program in Shelby County.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An officer suffered a minor injury and a man he had been following was wounded in a shooting in Tennessee. Shelby County sheriff's spokesman Earle Farrell said undercover drug agents were following a car Wednesday in Memphis in order to execute a search warrant. Farrell said an officer saw the driver reach under his seat and fired one time, hitting him in the shoulder.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee education officials plan to increase teacher preparation program outcomes across the state. The Tennessean reports the promise follows the launch of a Tennessee Board of Education database detailing how many of the state's preparation programs aren't meeting expected quality standards.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Norfolk Southern Railway official says the company still doesn't know how thousands of gallons of oil ended up in the Tennessee River and Citico Creek. The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes company spokesperson Susan Terpay as saying spill cleanup is complete, but groups investigating last week's spill on the company's behalf are still searching for a cause.

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