Politics

12:13pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics

Tennessee Makes Above Average Cuts to Higher Education

Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Tennessee has made deeper cuts to its funding for public higher education than most states.

A new report out this week by the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 48 of the 50 states have reduced their contributions to higher education in since the economic downturn began.

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10:15am

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics

AARP: $30 for every $1 spent on Medicaid Expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A study commissioned by the AARP finds that Tennessee would reap nearly $30 for every dollar spent on expanding Medicaid.

The study was delivered this week to Gov. Bill Haslam's administration and the speakers of the House and Senate. The report notes that the state's participation in Medicaid expansion would result in $9.4 billion in direct federal funding through 2019.

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1:06pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Student Soldiers Hit by Federal Budget Impasse

Vistors try out the new indoor ROTC firing range simulator on the MTSU campus in early February.
Credit mtsunews.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --  Tennessee’s student soldiers and the universities they attend are facing a loss of tuition assistance as a result of the ongoing federal budget impasse in Washington.

Hundreds of Tennessee Army National Guardsmen are scrambling to find the money to stay in school after the federal tuition assistance program they relied on was discontinued March 8.

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12:24pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Politics

Tennessee Can't Defund Planned Parenthood

Credit plannedparenthood.org/mid-east-tennesee/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville has blocked Republican leaders' efforts to keep Planned Parenthood of Tennessee from participating in venereal disease prevention programs. The efforts are federally funded, but administered by the state and are aimed at reducing the infection rate of HIV and syphilis.

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12:21pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Politics

Gov. Haslam Signs Guns-in-Trunks Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and four fellow Republican co-sponsors on Thursday submitted a letter for inclusion into the Senate Journal elaborating on their legislative intent for the measure.

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