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10:47am

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Bill Changes Way Tennessee Authorizes Charter Schools

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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8:36pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Governor Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

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8:53am

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Haslam Visiting Schools in Support of Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting schools in each grand division of Tennessee on Tuesday to drum up support for Common Core education standards.

The Republican governor starts the day at Cedar Grove Elementary in Smyrna, followed by a visit to Indian Trail Intermediate in Johnson City. He wraps up the tour at Lexington Middle School in Henderson County.

The governor is trying to shore up support for the curriculum and testing standards that he has called crucial to improving education in the state.

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12:25pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Politics

Haslam Agenda Hits Hard Times in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes.

The GOP supermajority in the General Assembly has also advanced a guns-in-parks bill the governor opposes, sidetracked Haslam's anti-meth bill and showed little urgency in taking up his signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.

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5:12pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Court: Tenn. Must Recognize 3 Same-Sex Marriages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge says that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. Trauger noted in a written memorandum that her order only applies to the three couples.

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