MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- According to an in-state trade group Tennessee hospitals have started laying off employees and reducing services as a result of the political struggle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says that under the new health care law some federal funds that once flowed to hospitals were cut off. The law’s authors intended for those lost dollars to be replaced by an expansion of Medicaid.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that "high government officials" can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.
The appeals court decision upheld a lower court's ruling that then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was justified in denying records on the basis that they were part of his "deliberative process" about how to deal with TennCare protesters encamped in the Capitol in 2005.
Tenn. Senator (R) Bob Corker appeared on Meet the Press Sunday.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP/WMOT) — Secretary of State John Kerry says that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.
Earlier reports said France refused to accept the deal.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on the weekend news program Meet the Press to talk about the Iran negotiations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee lawmakers are holding hearings this week to review the state's textbook selection process.
The Senate Education Committee and the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold the hearings jointly Monday and Tuesday.
Lawmakers say the hearings are intended to seek clarity regarding the structure and function of the Tennessee Textbook Commission. The review was scheduled after some parents questioned textbook content.