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Mon December 2, 2013

Tenn. Rural Hospitals Face Uncertain Future


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's rural hospitals are laying off workers and reducing services as they try to cope with the funding changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the political battles that surround expanding TennCare.

The Tennessean reports ( the federal health law reduces reimbursements to Tennessee hospitals by $5.6 billion over the next 10 years. That money was supposed to be replaced through expanding TennCare, the state Medicaid program.

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Sat November 30, 2013
Around the Nation

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

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Wed November 27, 2013
Top Stories

Tennessee Challenge: Zero I-40 Holiday Deaths




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is again stepping up efforts to reduce traffic deaths on the state’s highways.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued a challenge to seven other states for zero fatalities on Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday.

State police and highway patrol agencies will step up patrols along the I-40 corridor Wednesday through Sunday, the busiest travel days of the period.

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Mon November 25, 2013

Gov. Haslam's Family Business Settles Rebate Claims for $84.9 Million


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge in Arkansas has approved $84.9 million in payments to settle claims that a truck stop chain cheated trucking companies out of promised rebates.

The payments include interest on money due to about 6,000 companies that purchased fuel from Nashville-based Pilot Flying J since 2005. An additional $14 million goes to the lawyers.

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Mon November 25, 2013
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Haslam: Revenue Growth Likely Consumed by TennCare Cost Increases

Governor Bill Haslam



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is wrapping up his annual budget hearings as he prepares to assemble his annual spending proposal.


The Republican governor will hear from the Tennessee Department of Transportation at the state Capitol today.

Haslam has warned that much of the modest growth in state revenues will be consumed by cost increases in TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

The governor has asked all departments to present potential spending cuts because of the state's sluggish economic performance.

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