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Tenn. Supreme Court to name next attorney general today

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court plans to announce its selection for the next eight-year term as attorney general on Monday.

Tennessee is the only state in the country where the high court names the attorney general.

The candidates include incumbent Bob Cooper; Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser Herbert Slattery; state Sen. Doug Overbey; and private attorneys Gino Bulso of Nashville and Mark Fulks of Johnson City.

Chief Justice Sharon Lee in a release touted what she called a "commitment of a transparent process" for selecting the attorney general, though only the initial interviews were conducted in public.

The three Democratic justices who form the majority on the high court won their retention elections last month despite an effort by conservatives to defeat them and gain GOP control of the bench.

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