SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy is set to be arraigned on murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the killing of his high school math teacher.
Philip Chism is accused in the Oct. 22 death of Colleen Ritzer, a popular teacher at Danvers High School. The 24-year-old Ritzer was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, "I hate you all."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's rural hospitals are laying off workers and reducing services as they try to cope with the funding changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the political battles that surround expanding TennCare.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1ams5Ds) the federal health law reduces reimbursements to Tennessee hospitals by $5.6 billion over the next 10 years. That money was supposed to be replaced through expanding TennCare, the state Medicaid program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four same-sex couples are asking a federal judge for a preliminary injunction that would force Tennessee to recognize their marriages.
The couples filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Nashville last month challenging Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages. They claim in court filings that the laws violate constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.