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11:52am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Tenn. Hospital Association Speaks out on TennCare Expansion

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The head of the Tennessee Hospital Association says the entire state will suffer if TennCare isn’t expanded under the new federal health care law.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, but justices struck down a mandate for states to expand their Medicaid programs.

Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says the state’s hospitals are already spending $1.2 billion dollars a year treating patients who can’t pay, and those costs are spiraling out of control.

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11:46am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Not All Tennessee Teens Get HIV/AIDS Info in School

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Two out of ten Tennessee teens are not being taught about HIV and AIDS, according to a recently released nationwide survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 survey shows that approximately 20% of Tennessee’s high school students are not being taught about AIDS in school.

Statistics also show that more than 17% of Tennessee’s high school students are sexually active.

Middle Tennessee State University senior Joshjuan Jones says his Memphis high school didn’t provide much sex education of any kind.

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7:25am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Burriss on Media: Mobile Etiquette

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  I remember some 20 years ago everyone was concerned about what was called “netiquette,” proper behavior on the Internet. There were dozens or hundreds of web sites with all sorts of lists of what was, and was not, acceptable Internet usage. Unfortunately, all sorts of new technologies have led to all sorts of new etiquette issues.

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7:55am

Fri July 6, 2012
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Planned Parenthood Bypasses State, Gets Fed Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $395,000 a year for three years to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

A news release said the money will provide Title X family planning services, including birth control and related health care, annual wellness exams and cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Planned Parenthood in Memphis said it had provided these services for more than 30 years until last year when county health officials awarded the funding to Christ Community Health Services.

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7:50am

Fri July 6, 2012
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Storms Kill 2 in East Tennessee

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — At least two people have been killed as a violent thunderstorm struck the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park spokeswoman Melissa Cobern says a man on a motorcycle was killed as was a 41-year-old woman who was struck by a falling tree. The names of the victims were withheld while their family members were told.

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