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4:41pm

Sat November 19, 2011
Joblessness Down to 9.6 Percent

Tenn. Unemployment Drops in October

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Welcome news on the jobs front.

Tennessee's October unemployment rate dropped to 9.6 percent in October, down from 9.8 percent the previous month. 

Tennessee's unemployment rate is still well above the national average of 9 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Karla Davis says jobs added in education and health services fueled the employment hike.

Dr. Murat Arik with the Middle Tennessee State Center for Business and Economic Research says the numbers are mostly good news.  

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4:27pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Fowler Says Just Doing What All Lobbyists Do

Lobbyist Not Backing Down from Gay Controversy

David Fowler is President of the Family Action Council of Tennessee.
FACT

 

A lobbyist for the conservative Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) is standing his ground following revelations that he helped orchestrate the passage of a new state law that nullified Nashville’s anti-gay bias regulations.

A string of emails between FACT's David Fowler and state legislators came to light as part of a lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s new Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act, signed into law in May.

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3:28pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Higher Education Commission Discussing Options

Tenn. College Tuition Likely to Rise Again

Tennessee university students could see a tuition increase again next year.

Some students saw double-digit increases this year. Tuition at U.T. Knoxville went up by 12 percent. At Middle Tennessee State, a Board of Regents school, tuition rose this year by just under eight percent.

Now, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is once again recommending tuition increases statewide.

Possibly making it even more difficult for Tennessee students, state legislators are talking about raising the eligibility threshold for lottery funded Hope scholarships.

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12:47pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Gestalt and Cornerstone Prep Get State Approval

Charters Take Over Failing Memphis Schools

MEMPHIS — A charter school and a private education company will take over two Memphis schools.

The schools to be run by the new operators have not been identified.

Gestalt Schools, which is based in Memphis, and private Cornerstone Prep received state approval on Tuesday to run one school each, according to The Commercial Appeal. The schools are among those which failed to meet student achievement benchmarks.

Gestalt runs the Power Center Academy charter school in Hickory Hill.

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12:22pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Face of Poverty in Middle Tenn. is Changing

Local Restaurants Aid the Homeless

NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.

The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.

Middle Tennessee eateries are giving their patrons a chance to help. The restaurants are partnering with the local homeless program, Room-in-the-Inn to raise relief funds.

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