Thu January 22, 2015

State Senator suggests governor postpone special Medicaid expansion session

Senator Bill Ketron and Governor Bill Haslam
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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is touring the state this week to promote his Medicaid expansion plan to cover about 200,000 more low-income Tennesseans.

Haslam began the tour yesterday, at hospitals in Jackson and Memphis. The governor says he’ll make up to eight more stops around the state in advance of a special legislative session he’s called for Feb. 2 to consider his Insure Tennessee  initiative.

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Wed January 21, 2015

Tenn. Republicans react to State of the Union address

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's State of the Union address is drawing critical reviews from Tennessee Republicans.

Senator Lamar Alexander’s reaction was blunt, saying the ideas the president put forward were little more than “partisan proposals that don’t have any chance of becoming law.”

State Senator Bill Ketron was equally disparaging, suggesting that rather than promoting additional spending, the president should follow Tennessee’s example and balance the federal budget.

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Tue January 20, 2015
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High court to hear appeal over records in Vandy rape case

Tennessee Supreme Court
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether news media are entitled to records related to a rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

The Court of Appeals in September ruled that records sought by a statewide media coalition should not be made public because they’re part of a continuing police investigation. The decision reversed a lower court that found that some records given to police should be made available.

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Fri January 16, 2015

Governor's administration files teacher evaluation bill

Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam (L) and Tennessee Education Association President Barbara Gray.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that adjusts the way Tennessee evaluates its teachers has been introduced in the State Legislature.


Governor Haslam proposed the bill, temporarily lowering how much of a teacher’s evaluation depends on student test scores. Currently, 35 percent of an educator's evaluation is composed of student achievement data.

Barbara Gray, President of the state’s largest teacher’s union applauds the proposal. She says the current student assessment, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), is deeply flawed.

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Mon January 12, 2015

Raider men and women trounce FAU

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Darnell Harris scored 24 points as Middle Tennessee ran away from Florida Atlantic for an 82-58 Conference USA win Saturday night.

The Blue Raiders held an eight-point lead at the break, 42-24, but opened the second half on a 29-9 run and never looked back. Marcus Tarrance drilled a 3-pointer 16 seconds into the second half to spark the run.

Tarrance, Reggie Upshaw Jr. and Perrin Buford each added a dozen points for Middle Tennessee, which shot 45 percent from the field. The Blue Raiders outrebounded the Owls 39-19.

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