Wed March 27, 2013

Haslam Says No to Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that he will not pursue expanding the state's Medicaid program to help cover the uninsured as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Haslam says he made the decision knowing that it will have serious consequences for the state’s uninsured citizens, and some of the state’s smaller hospitals.

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Tue March 26, 2013

Senate to Press for Allowing Student IDs to Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The Tennessee House has passed an updated version of the state’s controversial voter photo ID bill.

The House approved the new measure on a 65-30 vote Monday evening. Last week a House committee removed public university student photo ID from the measure’s list of approved voter ID.

Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin says he worries about the integrity of student documents.

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Mon March 25, 2013

Lady Raiders Fall to Louisville, Insell Looks Ahead to Next Season

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WMOT) — The Middle Tennessee State Lady Raiders lost their first round NCAA tourney game Sunday afternoon.

The MTSU women fell to Louisville 74-49.

Kortni Jones led Middle Tennessee with 14 points, and Icelyn Elie added 13. Ebony Rowe had her 21st double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

MTSU Coach Rick Insell is already looking ahead.

“We’ll have three that’ll be graduating, then ten will be coming back and we’ve got four incoming freshmen right now. So we’ll reload and we’ll have another good team next year.”

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Mon March 25, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Decision Still on the Governor's To-Do List

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This may be the week that Governor Haslam announces whether he will support expanding Medicaid in Tennessee.

Proponents say the money for expanding Medicaid on offer from the federal government is too good a deal to pass up. But detractors point to Tennessee’s failed experiment to expand TennCare in the 1990s as evidence that Washington is an unreliable partner.

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Fri March 22, 2013

Tenn. Unemployment Rises Again in February

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, up a tenth from January’s figure.

The state's jobless rate has risen the past two months, up from 7.6 percent in December.

The Department of Labor’s Jeff Hentschel says at least some of the increase can be attributed to seasonal factors.

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