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10:54am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Annual MNPS chamber report card critical of school board

Credit nashvillechamber.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville Chamber of Commerce released its annual report on the state of metro schools this week and the report is critical of the school board penchant for airing its disagreements in public.

The 2014 Education Report Card was compiled by a group of 23 community leaders who volunteered their time. The report praises the system for a marked improvement in student achievement scores in recent years. It also applauds the current strategic plan that runs through 2018.

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8:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Bureau resumes investigation into high-profile death

TBI Director Mark Gwyn
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DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has resumed investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile death of a 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo is being prosecuted.

The TBI announced Wednesday it was suspending investigations there as the result of a disagreement with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

But last night, the agency issued a release saying it was resuming work in the district and that Stowe has requested a special prosecutor to handle the nursing student's case.

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7:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Gov. Haslam proposes changes to the way Tenn. teachers evaluated

Gov. Bill Haslam and TEA President Barbara Gray
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Education will be a major focus of the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly, set to begin in mid-January, and Governor Haslam is trying to get out in front of that discussion.

The Tennessee reports that in a meeting with teachers earlier this month, Haslam proposed several changes to the way teachers relate to the standards.

Among those changes, Haslam wants to temporarily reduce the portion of a teacher’s evaluation tied to student test scores and he wants to more closely align assessment tests with the standards being taught.

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11:11am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Is Tennessee prepared for a public health crisis like Ebola?

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report by the highly respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Tennessee is one of the states best prepared to deal with a public health crisis such as the ongoing Ebola epidemic.

Tennessee received top marks in eight-out-of-ten public health preparedness categories, tying with seven other state for the nation’s best scores.

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10:39am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Will court force Tennessee to reveal executioner's names?

Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where Tennessee's Death Row is located.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices that they should not be forced to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for the state’s 11 death row inmates.

Attorneys for the inmates say they need the names in order to determine whether the people charged with carrying out executions are qualified. If they aren't, it would benefit the inmates' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.

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