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10:33am

Fri April 4, 2014
Politics

State Worried About Drop in Federal Transportation Funding

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee has released a surprisingly lean three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

 

The Haslam administration says the plan takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transportation funding. The budget contains no money to pay for new project engineering studies.

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8:05am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Haslam Regrets No Raises for Teachers Next Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he regrets not being able to give teachers a raise next year and pledged to find ways to increase their pay in the future.

Earlier this week, the Republican governor said he won't be able to give teachers and state employees a pay increase mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections.

Teachers were to get a 2 percent increase and state employees 1 percent.

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8:01am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Haslam: No Threat Implied in VW Incentive Offer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality."

Haslam stressed to reporters Wednesday that any grants and tax credits offered to encourage the German automaker to build a new SUV in Chattanooga rather than in Mexico would have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, where its fate would be uncertain if the United Auto Workers won representation.

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7:59am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Police: Bobo Suspect Sent a Message Threatening Brother

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping and murdering nursing student Holly Bobo is now being accused of threatening his own brother if the brother didn't keep quiet.

WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1j16qbe ) is reporting that a police report says that murder suspect Zachary Adams told a jail inmate to relay a message to his brother saying "if he don't shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her."

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7:57am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Children's Services Releases Child Death Figures

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.

The statistics released this week were gathered under a new process for reporting, counting and investigating deaths.

The primary concern from lawmakers and the public has been cases where DCS workers were aware of abuse or neglect allegations and may have failed to act.

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