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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say less than 0.2 percent of Tennesseans who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.

Citing data provided by the Department of Human Services the Tennessean reports that 65 of 39,121 people applying for Families First cash assistance benefits tested positive for drugs since the law was implemented.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll suggests abortion continues to be a divisive issue in Tennessee, but there are some surprising areas of agreement among voters.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University asked a series of questions about issues being hotly debated in this election year.

On the issue of abortion, the MTSU Poll found that 56 percent of the registered voters surveyed believe the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases. Thirty-six percent believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

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.


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.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Donald Trump is the clear favorite of  Tennessee Republicans among the current batch of presidential primary candidates, according to new numbers out this week from the MTSU Poll.

When asked to name the one person they would most like to see win the election, about one in three respondents chose Trump. Middle Tennessee State pollster Ken Blake notes, however, that a lot of the state’s residents have not yet made up their minds.