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10:42am

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Will Haslam's "Tennesse Promise" Result in Less Funding for Higher Education?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to provide a free community college education for all of the state’s high school graduates is moving forward in the Senate.

The "Tennessee Promise" legislation advanced out of a Senate committee this week. The House version of the bill is also advancing.

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10:04am

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Obamacare Insurance Open Enrollment Ending Soon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The enrollment window to sign up for medical insurance under the new Affordable Care Act closes on March 31.

If you fail buy a policy prior to that time you won’t be able to sign up again until October.  There will be emergency exemptions, but only for people in a few specific circumstances.

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8:26am

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Teachers' Union Sues Gov. Haslam in Test Scores Case

Teachers' union files 2nd test scores lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee's largest teachers' union is suing Gov. Bill Haslam and State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

They’re named in the latest Tennessee Education Association lawsuit, which also includes the Knox County Board of Education as a defendant.

It's the second lawsuit this month the agency has filed against the Knox County board. Both claim student test scores used to assess two teachers' performances were flawed and cost them bonuses.

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7:35am

Wed March 19, 2014
Politics

Common Core Controversy Heats Up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam is pushing Tennessee legislators to back down in their attempts to dial back the state's new Common Core education standards.

Haslam traveled to appearances in all three of the state’s grand divisions yesterday to rally parents and educators in support of the standards. At an event in Smyrna, Haslam touted academic progress under his leadership.

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12:15pm

Mon March 17, 2014
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Reaction to Judge's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling on Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples is drawing both praise and condemnation.

Nashville based U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of the marriages. The couples were legally married in other states and filed suit to force Tennessee to recognize their unions.

David Fowler, President of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, says the ruling was not unexpected.

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