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10:26am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

Tennesseans to Share $10 Million in Refunds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The Tennessean reported (tnne.ws/WIRqs7) the refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.

For 2012, refunds to Tennesseans totaled $5.6 million.

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6:04am

Thu July 24, 2014
Top Stories

140 Chinese Students will Study at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A partnership agreement signed last year between Middle Tennessee State University and Guangxi (gwahng-SHEE') University in southern China is bearing fruit.

According to MTSU, school President Sidney McPhee was in China on Wednesday to meet with Guangxi administrators when he learned that 140 Chinese students will be coming to the Murfreesboro campus.

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12:27pm

Wed July 23, 2014
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Walking Horse Group Forms Advisory Panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has formed a veterinary advisory committee.

The three-member panel will be composed of veterinary doctors Jerry H. Johnson, Dallas O. Goble and Phillip D. Hammock.

Johnson will chair the committee and said its primary mission is to protect the horses and set a gold standard that he hopes will be utilized by the industry.

The panel will be in charge of rules and regulations pertaining to the safety and well-being of the horses that are too often abused by their owners or trainers.

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12:26pm

Wed July 23, 2014
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Police: Cross Burned at Church in Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Clarksville are investigating who burned a cross in front of a church and why.

Sgt. Charles Gill told The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1mDrMu3 ) the case is classified as a hate crime because it met all the criteria for reporting hate crimes to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the FBI. Gill says investigators have no leads initially.

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12:11pm

Wed July 23, 2014
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Tennessee Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Obama

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man is accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and others.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors in Nashville on Friday, Jimmie Johnson Jr. called the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security three times July 11 and again July 12, leaving profanity-filled voicemail messages.

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