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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are getting fresh leads on the possible identity of a woman whose skull and bones were found inside a suitcase along a Georgia freeway outside Atlanta.

Ted Bailey, an investigator with the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner, says authorities will check out a tip from a relative about a missing female from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He said they’re also looking into information about a missing female from Virginia.

The new leads came in Wednesday, shortly after Gwinnett County police released a sketch of the woman.

Her bones were discovered by a worker along Interstate 985 in July. Police say the victim is believed to be in her 20s.

She was wearing a black Miley Cyrus hoodie and black Victoria’s Secret pants.

Investigators estimate the woman died about six months before being found.

ABORTION ARREST-PLEA

Tenn. woman who tried to self-abort pleads guilty to felony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman accused of trying to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger has pleaded guilty to a felony.

Court documents show 32-year-old Anna Yocca pleaded guilty this week to attempted procurement of a miscarriage.

The court documents say the Murfreesboro woman was sentenced to one year with credit for time served. She had been incarcerated since December 2015, and jail officials say she has been released.

Police said Yocca filled a bathtub with water in September 2015 and attempted an abortion with a coat hanger. After she began bleeding, her boyfriend took her to a hospital and doctors delivered a 24-week-old, 1.5-pound baby.

The public defender’s office did not comment and prosecutors didn’t immediately return a phone message.

IN GOD WE TRUST-TAGS

GOP lawmaker wants Tennessee tags to say ‘In God We Trust’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker wants all Tennessee license plates to include the phrase “In God We Trust.”

A bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton would require the state Revenue Department to redesign license plates to include the language starting on July 1.

Gov. Bill Haslam last year vetoed a bill passed by both chambers that would have made Tennessee the first state in the county to declare the Bible as its official book.

A former state senator in 2014 sought to pass legislation requiring “In God We Trust” to be painted behind the speaker’s podiums in the House and Senate.

That measure was ultimately changed against the sponsor’s will to instead call for a study of having the phrase painted in the tunnel beneath the Capitol.

VOLKSWAGEN-HASLAM

Haslam: VW adding jobs in Tennessee despite $4.3B settlement

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Volkswagen officials have assured him that the German automaker’s expansion plans in Tennessee remain on track despite an agreement to pay $4.3 billion in federal criminal and civil fines.

Haslam said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement “won’t restrict in any way their capital expansion plans in Chattanooga.” The governor said that Volkswagen has in fact committed to adding even more jobs at their only U.S. plant, but did not elaborate on the number of new positions.

Volkswagen’s Tennessee factory opened in 2011, but sales of the midsized Passat had already begun to slide before revelations about Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal emerged in 2015. The plant has begun making the new Atlas SUV that Volkswagen is counting on to help recover market share.

DEPUTIES-FATAL SHOOTING

Police: Man fatally shot after attacking Tennessee deputies

REAGAN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents are investigating the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old black man that involved two sheriff’s deputies.

A TBI statement says it happened late Tuesday in Henderson County after Darrion M. Barnhill attacked the deputies, slamming one of them to the ground. The TBI said the struggle escalated, leading at least one deputy to fire his weapon.

Barnhill was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The TBI says deputies had responded to a complaint that Barnhill was beating on the door of a home in Reagan. The agency says deputies recognized he had outstanding warrants and ordered him to surrender, but he became aggressive instead.

The TBI did not release information about the deputies.

The sheriff’s department referred questions about the shooting to the TBI.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH-CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Congressmen request hearing after deadly school bus crashes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three congressmen are requesting a hearing on school bus safety after deadly crashes in Maryland and Tennessee.

In Wednesday’s letter, Democratic Maryland Congressmen Elijah Cummings, and Republican John Duncan and Democrat Steve Cohen of Tennessee requested the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing.

The letter cites a Nov. 22 crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that killed six schoolchildren and a Nov. 1 crash in Baltimore that killed six people.

The letter notes that both drivers had had previous crashes, and that the Baltimore driver had health issues and was operating with a suspended commercial license.

The congressmen suggest exploring whether any changes to federal law are needed.

 

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