Politics

10:43am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics

Volkswagen Chattanooga Expansion Talks Stalled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Expansion talks at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the Tennessee factory.

An acrimonious vote in February at the company's only U.S. plant was a narrow defeat for the United Auto Workers union.

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10:29am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics

Haslam Free Tuition Plan to be Heard by Key Senate Panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is scheduled to be heard by a key Senate committee Tuesday.

Tennessee Promise is a cornerstone of Haslam's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

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9:47am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics

"In God We Trust" Bill Passes Tenn. Senate

Bill seeks 'In God We Trust' signage at Capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that calls for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was approved 21-0 yesterday.

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10:33am

Fri April 4, 2014
Politics

State Worried About Drop in Federal Transportation Funding

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee has released a surprisingly lean three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

 

The Haslam administration says the plan takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transportation funding. The budget contains no money to pay for new project engineering studies.

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12:20pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Politics

Legislator Says Animal Cruelty Bills Being Killed by Ag Committee

State Rep. Jon Lundgren (left) and State Rep. Andy Holt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Every animal cruelty bill introduced in the Tennessee Legislature this session has either failed or stalled and one legislator says a single committee is largely responsible.

Among the bills to fail or stall this session include one that would have raised the fine for cock or dog fighting from $50 to $500. Another would have created a registry for convicted animal abusers.

Republican Rep Jon Lundberg of Bristol says every animal welfare bill introduced is being diverted to the House Agriculture Committee so that they can be killed.

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