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Tennessee Governor Signs Troubling Anti-LGBT 'Therapist Bill' Into Law — Details HERE

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Tennessee Governor signs the 'therapist bill' into law.

This is just awful!

On Wednesday, it was reported that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that allows counselors with "sincerely held principles" to deny care to clients from the LGBT community. Seriously?

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As we previously reported, the Volunteer State's Senate passed this upsetting piece of legislation earlier this month — not long after a slew of other southern states passed discriminatory bills that targeted the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens. So sad!

Apparently, the governor decided not to veto the controversial legal document as he felt that his concerns had been addressed in the final revision of the bill. It's said that Haslam felt reassured in his decision when he learned that the bill one, requires therapists and counselors to help clients who are an imminent danger to themselves or others, and two, that the professional must ​arrange a referral to another counselor.

Hmm, go on. In a recent statement, Haslam explained:

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Real Housewives Star Peter Thomas Sued For $225K!

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Peter Thomas always seems to be in trouble!

According to legal docs, a man named Brandon Link is suing Peter for $225k in damages for his alleged role in a February 2016 bar fight. Mr. Link is the same guy who tried to pursue criminal charges against Thomas, a move that was shot down by a district attorney after they reviewed surveillance footage from the brawl.

Related: Cynthia Says She's Not Attracted To Peter!

Similarly to most fights, Link and the reality star have varying accounts of what happened that night. While Brandon claims Peter verbally and physically assaulted him at Sports One Charlotte (P.T. owns the joint), footage shows B.L. acted aggressively and subsequently suffered a concussion after slipping on some ice outside.

Now Brandon is going on to claim that the famous husband doctored the surveillance tape to sway the case. It will be interesting to see if this theory holds up in court.

This is just one of the many blows Peter has suffered as of late — from divorce rumors to cheating allegations, it hasn't been a good few years for the bar owner.

So, whose side are YOU on?

[Image via Bravo.]

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Former Republican Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison After Bribing Teenage Molestation Victim

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A Republican who has a history of voting against gay rights but also has a history of molesting teenage boys? No such thing…

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday after admitting to molesting four teenage boys back when he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 in Illinois between 1965 and 1981.

Unfortunately, the 74-year-old's crimes had far surpassed the statute of limitations, but luckily U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin was able to convict Dennis for a similar offense in a Chicago court.

Related: Texas School Board Candidate Believes Pre-K Makes Kids Gay…

Apparently, the Republican had been contacted by the FBI in 2015 as to why he had been withdrawing large amounts of money when he claimed he was being blackmailed by a person only identified as "Individual A."

Well as it turns out,

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Judge Confirms Prince Didn't Have A Will — Here's What Happens Now!

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Get the details.

It's official. Prince did not have a will.

On Wednesday, a judge confirmed that the music icon did not have a last will and testament in place before he tragically passed last week.

Sources have said in the past that the 57-year-old probably didn't draft the legal document because he allegedly struggled with serious paranoia.

Related: Prince's Longtime Lawyer Slams Overdose Rumors

And as a result, the magistrate declared that all of the singer's assets will be distributed among all his siblings, who are his heirs according to Minnesota law.

While the artist's sister Tyka Nelson has filed papers to be the "special administrator" of the hitmaker's estate, the judge ruled that the late legend's bank, Bremer Trust, will serve as the administrator, at least for now.

However, Bremer will only hold the position for six months. After that, a personal representative can claim the title. So, Tyka could still have her chance in half a year.

If the songsmith's other relatives throw their hats in the ring, it could get complicated. And since the performer's brother, Omarr Baker, showed up in court for the hearing, it's possible Tyka's going to have some competition for the spot.

Very interesting.

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The Jinx's Robert Durst Gets Seven Years In Prison On Gun Charge — Get The Scoop!

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A New Orleans federal judge has done what several people have sought to do for quite some time — sentence Robert Durst, the star of the hit HBO documentary The Jinx, to prison!

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence that will send the Robert to prison for 85 months and an additional three years of supervised released, all because of a weapons possession charge!

Related: Prince Probably Didn't Set Up A Will Before His Death Because He Was Paranoid?!

The sentence was part of a plea deal that was reached in February on the felony charge and the 73-year-old also had to pay $5,000 fine as well as a $100 special assessment.

Of course the legal battles aren't over because Durst is still facing a murder charge in El Lay for

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