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Updated 10:30 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol and lifted a stay of execution ordered by a lower court because of inadequate counsel. The move clears the way for the execution of Edmund Zagorski, who was scheduled to die Thursday night.

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Updated 5:30 p.m. This post will be updated as news breaks.
 

A federal appeals court has intervened in the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski. The Sixth Circuit has issued a stay, which could delay the execution scheduled for Thursday night.

Doctors have gradually come to realize that people who survive a serious brush with death in the intensive care unit are likely to develop potentially serious problems with their memory and thinking processes.

This dementia, a side effect of intensive medical care, can be permanent. And it affects as many as half of all people who are rushed to the ICU after a medical emergency. Considering that 5.7 million Americans end up in intensive care every year, this is a major problem that until recently, has been poorly appreciated by medical caregivers.

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It can be hard to understand what's going on inside other people's heads. But that's Karl Sillay's line of work — not as a therapist, but as a neurosurgeon. He tells WPLN's Emily Siner as part of our live series Movers & Thinkers, his experience working with patients' brains gives him a deep appreciation for that vital organ.


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Since 1960, Tennessee has put to death only one person by electrocution. And now a prisoner who is scheduled to die Thursday has opted for the electric chair.

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Litigation challenging delays in TennCare coverage for people who qualify finally goes to trial this week, four years after a class action lawsuit was filed. TennCare argues the problems are sufficiently resolved, while the Southern Poverty Law Center presses for a more effective fix.

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Updated 10:30 p.m.

 

Attorneys for Edmund Zagorski say he'd rather be put to death by the electric chair than Tennessee's current method of lethal injection. The convicted murderer is scheduled for execution Thursday night.

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In an operating room, there's the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, a surgical tech and a scrub nurse. And in many procedures that involve an implanted medical device, there's often someone else standing quietly along the back wall — a sales representative working on commission for the maker of artificial joints or bone screws.

With the exponential growth of procedures like total hip and knee replacements, their presence is under new scrutiny.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Democrat Karl Dean is banking on Medicaid expansion as his winning issue in Tennessee's race for governor, while Republican Bill Lee claims the plan would be detrimental. The opposing views represent the sharpest divide between the candidates.

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A federal grant will pay to retrofit an old school bus for use in a natural disaster or other catastrophe. The Metro Council officially accepted the $84,000 this week.

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