Tue February 10, 2015

Haslam budget again seeks to improve teacher salaries

Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his annual State of the State message to the Tennessee General Assembly Feb. 9, 2015.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam devoted half of his State of the State speech to education and again this year promised Tennessee teachers a pay raise.

The Republican governor announced Monday evening that he’s included $100 million dollars in the upcoming budget to fund a 4 percent salary increase for teachers. Haslam also announced that he’ll be submitting legislation to make other changes teachers have been asking for.

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Fri February 6, 2015
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Poll: 79 percent approve of Tennessee's free tuition plan



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows overwhelming support for Gov. Bill Haslam's program to make community college and technical schools free for upcoming graduates.


The poll found that 79 percent approve of the program known as Tennessee Promise. The poll showed 12 percent against it, 8 percent were unsure and the rest gave no answer.

Here’s how the governor described Tennessee Promise when he introduced the initiative last year.

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Mon February 2, 2015
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DUI arrests rising steadily in Murfreesboro, statewide

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — DUI arrests are on the rise here in the mid-state and across Tennessee. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report says there were more Tennessee residents charged with driving under the influence in 2014 than 2013. The report, released Feb. 1, says law enforcement agencies arrested just over 29,500 Tennessee drivers for the offense in 2014. That's 639 more people arrested for DUI than in the previous year. With the exception of 2013, DUI arrests in Murfreesboro have risen each year since at least 2009.

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Fri January 30, 2015

Haslam wraps up Insure Tennessee tour in Murf., names Senate sponsor

Governor Bill Haslam and Nurse Practitioner Janet Lowe listen as Lisa Terry, CEO of Primary Care and Hope Clinic speaks during the governor's visit to the clinic on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The Murfreesboro appearance was the governor's last stop on a statewide tour promoting his plan to expand Medicare in Tennessee.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) —  The state Legislature goes into special session Monday to take Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal.

The governor was here in Murfreesboro yesterday afternoon wrapping up a statewide tour promoting the special deal he worked out with the Obama Administration. Haslam has acknowledged that getting fellow Republicans to approve any deal connected to the president’s signature Affordable Health Care Act will be an uphill battle.

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Wed January 28, 2015
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Will Tennessee Promise students need extra help to succeed?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 90 percent of Tennessee's 2014 high school graduates have applied for the first year of Tennessee Promise, the program that offers eligible seniors the chance to go to a community college or technical college tuition-free.


The Tennessean reports that amounts to about 58,000 students and exceeds predictions by tens of thousands.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says, not only will there be more students, but they’ll likely need more help to succeed.

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