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10:17am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Crunch time again for Obamacare sign-ups

Credit healthcare.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama's health insurance program faces another big deadline today.

Tonight at 2 a.m. Central Time is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect Jan. 1.

For current customers, it's the deadline to make changes that could reduce expected premium increases ahead of the New Year.

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8:35am

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tenn.

Senator Brian Kelsey (L) and State Rep. John Deberry
Credit tn.gov

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.

 

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.

Kelsey says that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

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8:23am

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Speaker Ramsey addresses Medicaid expansion, new abortion restrictions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.

 

The biggest problem as Ramsey sees it: He doesn't think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam's proposal. The governor is reportedly asking for co-pays and deductibles and to use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.

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10:28am

Wed December 10, 2014
Business

Nashville scores poorly among top 150 U.S. cities for at-risk populations

Credit wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT news partner Wallethub.com is out with a new survey of the American cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of economically disadvantaged people.

Tennessee did not score well.

The study looked at 16 different criteria, including the percentage of households receiving public assistance, employment rates and food insecurity.

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10:20am

Wed December 10, 2014
Politics

Obama pushes his immigration initiative in Nashville visit

President Obama speaks in Nashville during December 9, 2014 visit.
Credit whitehouse.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama was in the mid-state yesterday, trying to reassure immigrants that if they register under his new executive action they won't be deported in the future.

Obama heard from several participants in town hall at an immigrant community center that they are fearful to give their information to the government. One young woman asked Obama what would happen to them if the next president ends the program.

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