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7:11pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Top Stories

FBI Locks Down Haslam Family Business HQ

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An FBI spokesman says agents have locked down the headquarters of the truck stop business owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

FBI spokesman Marshall Stone says the lockdown is part of an ongoing investigation but wouldn't say what agents were doing inside the Knoxville building Monday.

Pilot Flying J spokeswoman Lauren Christ says the company does not know why FBI officials closed the office, but officials are cooperating.

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6:33am

Mon April 15, 2013
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DCS Plans to Announce Reorganization

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with the Tennessee Department of Children's Service are unveiling a reorganization of the troubled child welfare agency.

Interim Commissioner Jim Henry has scheduled a news conference on Monday afternoon to announce changes that will address problems with child safety, health and programming.

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6:31am

Mon April 15, 2013
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Push for Education Bills in Final Days of Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers trying to wrap up the General Assembly this month are hoping to push through two key education proposals.

One measure would create a state panel to authorize charter schools for five Tennessee counties and the other seeks to clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems.

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12:37pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Welfare Penalty for Parents Dead This Session

Senator Stacey Campfield
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of Tennessee parents whose children fail in school is dead.

After about a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor Thursday, Republican Sen. Sponsor Stacey Campfield decided to pull the bill so it can be studied over the summer.

Both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the legislation, which sought to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by 30 percent if a child fails to advance to the next grade.

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12:30pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Bill Linking Welfare to School Progress Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House committee has approved a measure linking welfare benefits to student performance a day after Gov. Haslam expressed serious reservations about the measure.

The House Health Committee Wednesday voted to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah.

The measure would cut a family’s welfare benefits if a child fails to "maintain satisfactory academic progress."

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