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10:47am

Fri January 9, 2015
Politics

Tenn. Democrats may be legislative deal makers and tie breakers

The Tennessee State Capital building in Nashville.
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Democrats may well have a better year in the Tennessee Legislature than their slim numbers might suggest, according to a mid-state political scientist.

Commentator and Middle Tennessee State Political Science professor Kent Syler notes Democrats are outnumbered 3 to 1 in the Tennessee House and by more than 5 to 1 in the state Senate.

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7:26am

Fri January 9, 2015
Politics

Obama to propose free community college program

President Obama in a Youtube video announcing his intention to propose a free community college education for high school graduates nationwide.
Credit whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is apparently preparing to take a page from Governor Bill Haslam’s education play book. 

Just ahead of his visit today in Knoxville, the president has released a youtube video in which he says he plans to propose free community college education for every high school graduate nationwide.

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1:11pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Politics

Haslam calls Tenn. lawmakers into special session on Feb. 2

Credit tn.gov

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a call for a special legislative session to take up his proposal to offer medical coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

The governor's proclamation Thursday sets the start of the special session for Feb. 2. Haslam calls the proposal Insure Tennessee and says it would be a two-year pilot program using federal funds available under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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1:04pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Arts

Intersection to fill niche in Music City offerings

Intersection founder Kelly Corcoran as seen in a video promoting the just launched non-profit.
Credit intersectionmusic.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s hard to imagine even the smallest musical niche being ignored here in Music City, but Nashville Symphony Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran thinks she’s found one.

Corcoran recently launched a non-profit dedicated to supporting a Contemporary Classical Music ensemble that she’s named Intersection. Corcoran says the group will be composed of 15 to 20 musicians drawn from local artists, as well as artists from across the country.

Corcoran says she’s aiming for a Goldilocks ensemble; not too big and not too small.

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9:53am

Thu January 8, 2015
Top Stories

Police say sex offender living in Murf. home with teen girl

Credit TBI

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police have arrested a registered sex offender who was living in the same home with a minor.

Yesterday police tracked 42-year-old registered sex offender James D. Kasiah to a home on Sunset Ave.  Kasiah reportedly told police that he was sleeping on the couch there.

Authorities say Kasiah had been warned previously that sex offender restrictions prevented him from living at that address.

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