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State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's $34.8 billion spending plan includes new spending for schools, colleges and road projects along with another large deposit into Tennessee's emergency budget reserves.

Haslam made his sixth budget proposal in his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol on Monday.

The governor touted his proposed $261 million increase in spending on public education as the state's largest ever investment in K-12 education without a tax increase.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

The measure cleared its last hurdle on a voice vote in the House Calendar Committee on Tuesday after clearing the Finance Committee by a single vote last week.

Tuesday's hearing appeared to largely be a formality, as there were no audible votes in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville before the acting chairman declared that the bill had been approved.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An estimated 150,000 Tennesseans could lose food stamp benefits on April 1 if they don't meet work requirements.

Tennessee Department of Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Jarnagin says the agency began sending out notices earlier this winter to people who could lose benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A poison control official says two Tennessee teens are dead after drinking a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, and two others were sickened by the mixture they called "Dewshine."

Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger says the teens evidently thought they could drink methanol, which is extremely toxic, as a substitute for ethanol, the ingredient in alcoholic beverages that causes intoxication.

Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared its last major committee before a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee voted 11-10 on Tuesday in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill, and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said earlier Tuesday that he plans to sign the measure into law if it remains unchanged from its current form.

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