Fri December 12, 2014

Speaker Ramsey addresses Medicaid expansion, new abortion restrictions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.


The biggest problem as Ramsey sees it: He doesn't think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam's proposal. The governor is reportedly asking for co-pays and deductibles and to use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.

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Mon December 8, 2014

Tenn. higher edu. official: funding system "broken"

Gov. Bill Haslam presides over state budget hearings on Friday.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee higher education officials say they'll be forced to continue raising tuition if the state doesn't provide adequate funding to help with costs at their institutions.


Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro addressed Gov. Bill Haslam at a higher education budget hearing on Friday.

DiPietro’s assessment was blunt.

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Wed November 26, 2014
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Ferguson-related protests held across Tennessee

Students gather on the MTSU campus November 25, 2014 to remember Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- There were protests held across the nation and across Tennessee Tuesday in reaction to the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri.

WSMV-TV reports a few hundred protesters marched through downtown Nashville. They ended up briefly blocking several streets, including Interstate 24. Nashville police cordoned off streets as the protesters passed to keep them safe.

The Associated Press says about 200 protesters marched peacefully in Memphis Tuesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel says about 100 people marched for Michael Brown in that city.

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Fri November 21, 2014

Reaction in Tenn. to Obama immigration moves

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  President Obama hit the road today to build support for the executive actions regarding immigration he announced Thursday night.

The president will appear Friday at a Las Vegas High School where he last year launched his campaign to overhaul the nation’s immigration policy.

Tennessee Republicans have been swift in their condemnation of the president’s actions. Chris Devaney heads the Tennessee GOP.

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Fri November 21, 2014

Hospice provider expands in Rutherford County

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The nonprofit Alive Hospice has announced that it will be opening a new facility in Rutherford County.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved an application for the charity to begin working toward a June 2016 opening of a free-standing facility in Murfreesboro.

Alive Hospice currently provides care for terminally ill patients and grief support services in Rutherford County, but CEO AnnaGene O’Neal says the new facility will be available for patients needing a more intensive level of hospice care.

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