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Tue May 27, 2014
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Tenn. Prisoner Accused of Threatening Governor Due in Court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner accused of sending threatening letters to Gov. Bill Haslam and others that falsely claimed the envelopes contained anthrax is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom in Nashville Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors say Branden Frady was a prisoner at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution when he began sending the threatening letters in September of 2012. Officials say he sent six letters in all, some of them going to Haslam, the secretary of state and the district attorney's office in Nashville.

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Wed May 21, 2014
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MTSU Goes Out of State for Latest Transfer Agreement

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has agreed to allow students who graduate with an associate's degree from Georgia's Albany Technical College to pursue a bachelor's degree in electromechanical engineering technology in Murfreesboro.

According to MTSU, the agreement marks the first time the university has formed such a partnership with an out-of-state school.

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Tue May 20, 2014

Tenn. Democrats Net $500,000 from Annual Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.

The party says its expenses to host the event are expected to come to about $25,000, meaning that 95 percent of the money raised can go toward elections.

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Tue May 20, 2014
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Governor Regrets not Adequately Funding Tenn. Higher Ed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that showed improved outcomes can be rewarded financially.

About four years ago, Tennessee started funding its colleges and universities based on outcomes like graduation rates and credit completions instead of enrollment.

However, the state opted not to add any new funding to higher education for the next budget cycle because of a revenue shortfall of more than $270 million.

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Fri May 16, 2014

Tenn. Revenue Collections Continue to Improve

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee revenue collections are continuing to show signs of improvement, with April figures exceeding expectations.

Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says that overall revenues were $75 million more than the state budgeted for April, which reflects economic activity in the previous month.

The state's general fund exceeded expectations by nearly $70 million.

Corporate franchise and excise taxes and sales taxes were about $5 million more than expected.

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