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11:46am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Tennessee Death Row Inmates Dying of Natural Causes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Many inmates awaiting execution on Tennessee's death row never make it to the execution chamber.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1rYmkIk ) that since 2000, nine death row inmates have died of natural causes and one committed suicide. Six have been executed.

In November, inmate Paul Dennis Reid died of heart disease in a hospital while awaiting execution for a 1997 killing spree that led to seven deaths. The newspaper reports that the state spent nearly $600,000 on Reid's prison housing and medical costs.

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11:44am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Board: Higher Education Budget in Limbo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents said Friday that they don't know how much money Tennessee's universities and community colleges are going to receive in the budget because of a shortfall in the state's tax collections.

The TBR oversees six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. Officials said at a board meeting Friday that the best case for the schools would be to get the almost $6.6 million Gov. Bill Haslam allocated to them in his budget.

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11:41am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Missing Mother and Child Case Now a Homicide Investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a missing woman and her child are still hoping for new leads in their disappearance, even though it's been 10 years since they were last seen.

Kathy Nale told WTVF-TV in Nashville that the emotional ride has been "like a roller coaster" since her daughter, Jennifer Wix, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Adrianna, went missing in Robertson County.

Three months ago new information surfaced allowing authorities to re-classify the investigation from a missing persons case to a homicide; increasing the reward to $27,000.

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12:21pm

Mon March 24, 2014
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Ouch! 7800+ Tennesseans to See Steep Flood Insurance Hikes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For many Tennessee property owners in flood-prone areas, a move by Congress to soften steep increases to subsidized insurance policies may come as little comfort.

A new law signed by President Barack Obama last week dials back some of most dramatic hikes in the price of national flood insurance, but Federal Emergency Management Agency statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that 7,780 flood insurance policies in Tennessee still face soaring insurance rates.

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8:32am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Bill Changes Way Some Tennessee Charter Schools Authorized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 20-12 on Thursday. The House version was approved 62-30 last year. It must now approve technical changes made by the Senate before heading to the governor for his consideration.

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