Tue February 4, 2014

UAW: Workers at VW's Tenn. Plant Voting Feb. 12-14

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DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — The United Auto Workers says employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will vote beginning Feb. 12 on whether they want the union to represent them.

The vote follows an agreement between the UAW and the German automaker, which decided not to challenge a unionization vote.

If union representation is approved, employees from the Chattanooga plant would be able to join what the German automaker calls its Global Work’s Council, which has input into company decisions.

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Mon February 3, 2014

Tenn. Board of Education Changes Stance on Teacher Licensure Rules

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Education has changed its stance on rules effecting the licensing of teachers.

In August, the board voted for the policy brought by the state Education Department to use student growth measured through standardized test scores, or value-added data, to determine renewing teaching licenses.

The board voted at the time to delay implementation of the new rules until 2015.

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Mon February 3, 2014

Governor Wants Free Tuition for High School Seniors

Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address to the Tennessee General Assembly Monday night.

The governor spoke for about 38 minutes. More than half of that time was devoted to the subject of education, including the introduction of a major new initiative.

Haslam is proposing to give a free community or technology college education to every graduating Tennessee senior who wants it.

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Fri January 31, 2014

Proposed Ag Bill Has Tenn Livestock Producers Worried

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bi-partisan support in the Senate is expected to overcome liberal as well as conservative criticism of a massive five-year farm bill that spends nearly $100 billion a year on food stamps and crop subsidies.

The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, says she has no doubt senators will approve the measure.

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Thu January 30, 2014

Obama to Visit Mid-State School of Shooting Victim

President Barak Obama
Credit whitehouse.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (APWMOT) — President Barack Obama will visit McGavok High School this afternoon, two days after a student there fatally shot a classmate.

The shooting took place within an hour of the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.

Police say 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol at at an apartment near the school. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson says the teenager didn’t know the gun was loaded.

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