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11:21am

Wed March 20, 2013
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Williamson Healthiest County, Rutherford Second Healthiest

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin ranks the relative health of people living in Tennessee's counties.

The report — out today — lists Williamson County as the healthiest among the state's 95 counties. Rutherford County came in second.

Grundy County on the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau came in last.

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10:15am

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics

AARP: $30 for every $1 spent on Medicaid Expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A study commissioned by the AARP finds that Tennessee would reap nearly $30 for every dollar spent on expanding Medicaid.

The study was delivered this week to Gov. Bill Haslam's administration and the speakers of the House and Senate. The report notes that the state's participation in Medicaid expansion would result in $9.4 billion in direct federal funding through 2019.

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12:52pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Politics

Governor's Education Initiatives Move Forward in the Legislature

Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's latest proposals for education reform are advancing in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The governor’s school voucher proposal was approved 9-4 in the House Education Committee Tuesday. The bill would limit the program to 5,000 students in failing schools beginning this fall, grow to 20,000 students by 2016.

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12:46pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Senator Corker to Attend Meeting with the President

Senator Bob Corker
Credit corker.senate.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was among GOP lawmakers scheduled to meet with President Obama on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss the current budget impasse.

The president told reporters Wednesday morning a deal may not be possible because Republicans continue to insist that no new revenues can be raised unless entitlement programs are significantly overhauled.

Obama, who has been stepping up efforts to talk to both Republicans and Democrats this week, told ABC News that current difference between the two parties may be too wide.

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12:38pm

Wed March 13, 2013
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UT Will Again Seek Permission for Fracking Project

Credit utk.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  University of Tennessee officials will be back in Nashville this Friday to ask the state for permission to drill for oil in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Forest using a controversial extraction process called fracking.

UT says it wants to conduct research on the fracking process, which involves using explosives to crush oil bearing stone, then using chemicals under pressure to extract the oil.

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