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Tue May 20, 2014
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Governor Regrets not Adequately Funding Tenn. Higher Ed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that showed improved outcomes can be rewarded financially.

About four years ago, Tennessee started funding its colleges and universities based on outcomes like graduation rates and credit completions instead of enrollment.

However, the state opted not to add any new funding to higher education for the next budget cycle because of a revenue shortfall of more than $270 million.

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Fri May 16, 2014

Tenn. Revenue Collections Continue to Improve

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee revenue collections are continuing to show signs of improvement, with April figures exceeding expectations.

Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says that overall revenues were $75 million more than the state budgeted for April, which reflects economic activity in the previous month.

The state's general fund exceeded expectations by nearly $70 million.

Corporate franchise and excise taxes and sales taxes were about $5 million more than expected.

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Thu May 15, 2014
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5 Cases of Measles in Tenn., First in 3 Years

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A spokesman for the state Department of Health says five cases of measles have been reported in Tennessee this year.

The Jackson Sun reports that residents living in Madison, Gibson, Hardeman, Hamilton and Shelby counties have been diagnosed with the highly contagious disease.

A statement from the department says it’s the first time measles has been reported in Tennessee in three years.

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Mon May 12, 2014
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Haslam to Hold 7 Signing Events for Tuition Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's not unusual for a governor to hold a ceremonial bill signing on a different day than when he actually puts his signature on a piece of legislation.

But Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is holding seven ceremonies this week for the same bill.

The Republican governor is making a series of stops around the state this week to celebrate the enactment of his Tennessee Promise law, which will cover the full tuition for community college for high school graduates.

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Fri May 2, 2014
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Tennessee Health Exchange Sign-Ups Nearly Double

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennesseans signing up under the federal health insurance exchange nearly doubled in March, the last month of open enrollment for coverage.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, more than 151,000 people in Tennessee enrolled through March 31. That's 28,000 people, or 23 percent, more than originally projected by President Barack Obama's administration before the signup period began.

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