NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says offering benefits to the same sex partners of Metro employees is the right thing to do and is a matter of tolerance.
Dean told The Tennessean (http://bit.ly/GNILwn ) he supports the idea as long as it makes financial sense for the city.
A panel is being formed to study the cost of such a policy change.
Dean, a Democrat, says he's not "driven by a political agenda."
Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.
While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just over nine months into the current year, more Tennessee babies have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.
According to the Tennessee Health Department, by the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 for all of 2011.
Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner says at that rate the department is projecting more than 800 drug-dependent newborns by year’s end.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans can now sign up for health insurance under the federally run online marketplace.
The state's average premiums in the exchange rank among the cheapest of the 36 states that have deferred to the federal government to run their exchanges.
Republican critics have argued that the insurance available under the exchanges is more expensive than some of the most basic coverage available on the market now.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of talking about ending homelessness, Nashville's Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is finally doing something about it.
With a new director and the help of a national nonprofit called 100,000 Homes, the group took on the ambitious goal of housing 200 people in 100 days.
On Thursday, the group announced that 189 people have moved into their own apartments since June, tripling the previous rate of housing placement.
Another 40 people have received Section 8 housing vouchers and are looking for homes.