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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
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New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

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5:53am

Wed January 30, 2013
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Damaging Storms Push Through Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Bordeaux man was killed before daybreak Wednesday morning as a line of strong storms moved through the mid-state.

WSMV-TV reports that 47-year-old Vernon Hartsell was killed around 3:30 a.m. Police say Hartsell was inside a shed on Abernathy Road when a tree fell on the building.

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11:58am

Tue January 29, 2013
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Education Dominates Governor's State-of-the-State Address

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Tennessee Genaral Assembly last night.


Haslam presented a $32.7 billion annual spending plan that includes a staffing shake-up at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment into construction projects around the state and a large deposit into the state's cash savings fund.

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1:05pm

Mon January 28, 2013
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Tenn. Prosecutors Outline Legislative Agenda

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The 108th Tennessee General Assembly will resume deliberations this week and the state’s prosecutors are weighing in with their recommendations for changes to the Tennessee criminal code.

Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference spokesman Guy Jones says prosecutors are recommending that individuals convicted of aggravated child neglect be required to serve more of the original sentence.

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10:23am

Thu January 24, 2013
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Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

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