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12:29pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Cuts Will Impact Poor, Minority Students

Tightening of Scholarship Criteria Recommended

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) - A special panel of the Tennessee legislature has recommended cutting some students' college scholarships in half. The panel says the move will save Tennessee as much as $17 million a year.

The bipartisan Lottery Stabilization Task Force voted unanimously yesterday to reduce the lottery scholarship awards by 50 percent for students who do not meet both the standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

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12:20pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Cain Pondering Presidential Bid's Future

Herman Cain Visits MTSU Amid Controversy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  --  Republican presidential primary candidate Herman Cain is fending off new allegations of marital infidelity as he prepares for an appearance here in Middle Tennessee.

Cain is scheduled to appear tomorrow evening at Middle Tennessee State University. The MTSU College of Business will host the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO as he speaks to students about turning the failing pizza chain around.

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12:15pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Attorney General Fears Impact on Future Donations

Fisk Granted Permission to Sell Stieglitz Art

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Fisk University can share its Stieglitz art collection with Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.

The court also removed a trial court stipulation that required Fisk to put $20 million of the $30 million it expects to get from Crystal Bridges into an endowment. The lower court had said Fisk should put that amount aside to maintain the art in the future.

Fisk has said it needs all of the funds now to stay financially viable.

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11:43am

Tue November 29, 2011
31 Cubs Rescued So Far in 2011

Record Number of Orphaned Bears in Tenn.

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — A poor season for nuts and berries means a Smoky Mountains rescue center for black bears has a record number of abandoned cubs.

Appalachian Bear Rescue took in its 31st cub of this year last week. The previous record year for bear cub rescues by the center was 2009 when it took in 23 animals.

Jack Burgin is the organization’s President.

"When bears range out of the Smokies they tend to be hit by cars, or orphaned, or shot by hunters. So Appalachian Bear Rescue steps in to care for the orphaned cubs."

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12:14pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Wants TCAP Scores Up by 20% in Five Years

Gov. Haslam has Ambitious Education Goal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s looking to improve Tennessee students' proficiency scores by 20 percent over the next five years. Haslam says that kind of improvement would provide evidence that his education overhaul is working.

Education commissioner Kevin Huffman says assessment scores currently show that only 40 percent of Tennessee third graders rank as proficient in reading, while just 29 percent of seventh graders are proficient in math.

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