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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

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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.
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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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10:17am

Wed December 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

House concerts gain popularity in Middle Tennessee homes

Artist Annalise Emerick prepares to play a house concert in Brentwodd, TN, in early December, 2014.
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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Attending a live musical performance with thousands of other fans in a large concert hall, arena or even an outdoor stadium is an amazing experience.

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9:33am

Wed December 10, 2014
Top Stories

Murf. woman shoots at dog, hits her hand instead

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A Murfreesboro woman says she managed to shoot herself in the hand while trying to kill a dog in her backyard.

Fifty-five-year-old Freda Harwell tells police that she was trying to shoot a dog that was chasing her cat in the backyard of her West Street home at about 4 a.m. this morning.

Harwell shot herself in the left hand with a .22 caliber handgun. She told police that she dropped the gun in the backyard after the accident, but officers weren’t able to locate the weapon.

Police say there was gun powder residue around the wound.

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