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Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn's poll numbers are increasing, presenting a potential roadblock to a Republican November Senate takeover. (Associated Press)

Michelle Nunn up 2 points in new Georgia Senate poll

- The Washington Times

A new poll shows Democrat Michelle Nunn leading by 2 points in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia over Republican David Perdue in a race both sides have quickly turned their attention to as one that could ultimately determine control of the U.S. Senate.

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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, center, speaks to the media as his wife Susan looks on, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Hubbard was arrested the day before on felony ethics charges, accusing him of using public office for personal gain. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Indictment aside, Ala House speaker seeks 2nd term

- Associated Press

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard took to a microphone a day after his indictment on 23 felony ethics charges and defiantly vowed to win re-election in two weeks. He even promised to seek another term in the powerful speaker's post.

Investigators question Secret Service assignment

- Associated Press

A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

US gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

- Associated Press

The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.

Johnson City hires lobbying firm in Nashville

Associated Press

An eastern Tennessee city has hired a Nashville lobbying firm on a $30,000 annual retainer as it seeks to increase its presence with lawmakers at the state capital.

Gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

- Associated Press

The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants applying for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.

Waste watcher: "The only way to stop wasteful Washington spending is by shining a light on it whenever and wherever it occurs, even if it is in your own state," says Sen. Tom Coburn, who is releasing his last Wastebook before retiring. (Andrew Harik/The Washington Times)

Tom Coburn highlights ridiculous government spending in final Wastebook

- The Washington Times

This year's Wastebook does not show the $5,210 that the State Department tried to spend on a blowup, human-size foosball field for an embassy in Belize. But the fact that the project isn't in Sen. Tom Coburn's annual report on ridiculous spending choices is probably one of the biggest victories of the report, because it means the State Department canceled the project after the senator's staffers asked about it.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol on Tuesday to characterize lives they say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee.

Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

- Associated Press

A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada due in court

Associated Press

Two Afghan military officers who face deportation after leaving a Massachusetts training exercise to seek asylum in Canada are due back before a U.S. immigration judge.