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Tenn. stops issuing driving certificates to illegal immigrants

NASHVILLE - Tennessee stopped issuing driving certificates to illegal immigrants Friday after investigators learned out-of-state applicants were using fake papers and bribes to get cards.

The program could be scrapped altogether after a review by state investigators, Safety Commissioner Jerry Nicely said.

The wallet-size certificates were labeled "not valid for identification" in bold red letters, but federal prosecutors say banks accepted them as legal identification and they could be passed off as official ID at other places.

A dozen people pleaded guilty in recent months after two federal investigations found shuttles from as far away as New Jersey had brought South and Central American immigrants with fake residency papers to get certificates.

Polygamist judge removed from bench in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - A small-town judge with three wives was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court on Friday.

The court unanimously agreed with the findings of the state's Judicial Conduct Commission, which recommended the removal of Judge Walter K. Steed for violating the state's bigamy law.

Steed has served for 25 years on the Justice Court in the community of Hildale in southern Utah. Steed legally married his first wife in 1965. The second and third wives were married - or "sealed" as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints refers to it - to him in religious ceremonies in 1975 and 1985. The three women are sisters, according to documents.

S.C. teacher accused

of sex with 11-year-old

LAURENS, S.C. - An elementary school teacher was arrested Friday on charges she had sex with an 11-year-old student.

Wendie A. Schweikert, 36, was booked on two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor after the boy's family alleged the teacher had sex with him at school at least twice, police said.