NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.
The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam withdrew the measure when Senate Republicans sought to expand the bill to a larger number of children.
Haslam told reporters in Memphis Thursday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," to vouchers, which give parents public money to pay for private schools.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, and religious organizations nationwide, appear to have won round- one in their efforts to block the contraception coverage mandate in President Barack Obama's health care law.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which heard the Nashville Diocese lawsuit, voted 2-1 earlier this week to grant a preliminary injunction against government enforcement of the mandate pending a full appeal.