MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT) -- It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Tennessee’s college students were badly hurt by the recession.
Research out today from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission shows that the number of students likely to need financial aid to finish a university degree rose by nearly one-third in the five years between 2007 and 2011.
In spite of that finding, the Commission voted Thursday to recommend a new round of tuition increases for the state’s universities, community colleges and technical schools.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Higher education officials are recommending tuition increases at Tennessee's community colleges and universities.
Tennessee Higher Education Commission director Richard Rhoda told Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday that a hike of as much as 3 percent was being recommended for community colleges and up to 6 percent for universities.
The commission is scheduled to vote on the increases at its meeting later this week.
The commission was among the last of several state departments that presented budgets to the governor.
President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March, 2010.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam appears to prefer to have Tennessee design its own health insurance exchange as required under Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. But resistance in the GOP-controlled General Assembly may cause the state to hand that power off to the federal government.
States have until Friday to inform the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whether they plan to set up their own health insurance markets.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say that an officer who was critically wounded by a fellow officer during the search of a home was shot by a shotgun.
Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said Friday that 32-year-old officer Willie Bryant was in critical but stable condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Rudolph said Bryant is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.
Police said Bryant and other officers were executing a drug-related search warrant at a north Memphis home Thursday when they were confronted by a dog.