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12:52pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Arts

Ballet raises significant money for new facilities

Credit nashvilleballet.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- (SHAW)  --  The Nashville Ballet recently raised $720,000 toward a challenge grant that will be matched dollar for dollar.

The challenge from a single donor was part of a larger Capital Campaign that Executive Director Angie Adams says has now received a total of 5.2 million dollars in total commitments.

Adams says most of the money will go toward a long overdue facilities update.

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5:23am

Fri January 23, 2015
Business

Tenn. December unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 6.6 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said the November rate was 6.8 percent.

The national rate for December was 5.6 percent, also a two-tenths drop from the prior month.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 12,500 jobs from November to December.

The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing, and mining/logging/construction.

5:22am

Fri January 23, 2015
Top Stories

TBI: Analysis of evidence in Bobo case finished

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys may be a step closer to understanding what evidence prosecutors have against their clients in the case of a missing nursing student whose partial remains were found more than three years after her disappearance.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Thursday the bureau has completed its analysis of more than 460 pieces of evidence in the case of Holly Bobo, who was 20 when she disappeared from her house in April 2011.

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8:47am

Thu January 22, 2015
Politics

Forbes: Haslam now country's richest elected official

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forbes Magazine says Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is now the country's richest elected official.

According to Forbes, Haslam's net worth has more than doubled since August from $980 million to $2 billion. The Haslam family-owned Pilot Flying J truck stop chain is selling more gas due to tumbling fuel prices.

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5:37am

Thu January 22, 2015
Politics

State Senator suggests governor postpone special Medicaid expansion session

Senator Bill Ketron and Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is touring the state this week to promote his Medicaid expansion plan to cover about 200,000 more low-income Tennesseans.

Haslam began the tour yesterday, at hospitals in Jackson and Memphis. The governor says he’ll make up to eight more stops around the state in advance of a special legislative session he’s called for Feb. 2 to consider his Insure Tennessee  initiative.

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