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5:16am

Wed January 2, 2013
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TennCare doctors will see reimbursement boost

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors who treat TennCare patients are getting a New Year's pay raise.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty will start to be reimbursed at Medicare rates. On average, that is more than 25 percent above what they are paid now.

TennCare officials say that the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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4:25am

Wed January 2, 2013
Sports

Middle Tennessee Defeats North Texas 75-57

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Marcos Knight notched 12 points as Middle Tennessee remained perfect in Sun Belt Conference action with a 75-57 win over North Texas Monday night.

Raymond Cintron added 11 points for the Blue Raiders (11-3, 3-0), who got points from 10 different players and shot 50 percent (31 of 62) from the field.

Middle Tennessee is now 8-0 at home this year and has won 19 straight at Murphy Center.

Tony Mitchell scored 13 points with 11 rebounds for his 14th career double-double for North Texas (5-9, 0-3).

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7:25am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Proposed bill limits causing lobbyists to scramble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lobbyists are scrambling to nail down sponsors for their clients' key legislative initiatives following House Speaker Beth Harwell's announcement that she wants to impose a cap on how many bills are filed each year.

Under the Nashville Republican's proposal, each lawmaker would be limited to 10 bills each legislative session. That comes out to an average of about two bills each for the more than 500 lobbyists registered to ply their trade at the state Capitol.

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7:19am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Middle Tennessee defeats FIU 69-52

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Jones and Marcus Knight scored 15 points each to pace Middle Tennessee to a 69-52 victory over Florida International Saturday night in Sun Belt Conference action.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Blue Raiders (10-3, 2-0) over FIU (4-7, 1-3).

Middle Tennessee scored the game's first eight points. They led 28-21 at halftime, then outscored FIU 41-31 in the second half to win comfortably.

Jones also took 13 rebounds for a double-double, and Knight just missed one with nine rebounds.

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7:16am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Tenn. roadway fatalities surpass 1,000 in 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has surpassed a thousand highway fatalities for the year, which is a large increase from the drop seen in 2011.

However, safety officials say a messaging campaign helped to keep the number from climbing even higher.

For the first three months of the year, the number of deaths on Tennessee roadways was on track to approach an all-time high, WPLN-FM reports. The Department of Transportation in April put a running tally of the fatalities on 150 digital signs around the state along with public safety messages.

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