Mon April 8, 2013

108th General Assembly Contentious in Spite of GOP Supermajority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The current session of the Tennessee legislature is moving into its final weeks.

With the Tennessee Republican Party holding a super majority in both chambers of the legislature, a fairly low-key session might have been expected. Instead, a number of contentious issues have roiled the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

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Mon April 8, 2013

Manning Giving $500,000 to Summitt Foundation

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife plan to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

The commitment by Peyton and Ashley Manning represents the largest gift announcement made to the foundation since it was created in 2011. The charity was organized to help fight Alzheimer's disease.

Patrick Wade, the foundation's director, says some of that money will stay right here in Tennessee to conduct dementia research.

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Thu April 4, 2013
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Crime on Tennessee Campuses Goes Down

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Crime on Tennessee's college campuses has dropped slightly, but a new report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of assaults increased at the state's institutions of higher learning.

The TBI report shows that crime on campus decreased overall by about four percent between 2011 and 2012, but assaults increased by nearly 14 percent over the same period.

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Wed April 3, 2013

Mid-State Built Nissan LEAF Sees 280 Percent Sales Growth

DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — Franklin based Nissan North America, one of Middle Tennessee’s biggest employers, is reporting its best sales ever during the month of March.

Nissan says sales were up a full percentage point in March year-over-year. The company says the all-electric Nissan LEAF now being built at the company’s Smyrna plant, saw sales jump by more than 280 percent year-over-year.

Nissan's Bryan Brockman says a recent drop in the price of the new LEAF seems to be getting a lot of attention.

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Fri March 29, 2013
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Interest on Federal Student Loans Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans.

The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.

Lawmakers passed a bill postponing the rate increase last year, but Megan McClean of the Washington based National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says she’s not hearing any buzz on Capitol Hill about passing another extension.

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