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12:37pm

Fri September 7, 2012
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Tennessee Colleges Adjust to New Funding Formula

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Anfinson) -- Record numbers of college freshmen are enrolled at state schools across Tennessee, but a legislative change in arithmetic means a new economy of results will replace the long-used economy of scale.

Enrollment at TBR colleges rose over 26 percent between 2001 and 2011. Prior to recent legislation, public funding was tied to student enrollment, but passage of the Complete College Tennessee Act changes that calculus.  State appropriation is now based on retention and graduation rates rather than the number of students.

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6:41am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Matheny Drops Challege to Harwell's Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Judd Matheny tells The Associated Press he is no longer considering a challenge to fellow Republican Beth Harwell for House speaker next year.

Matheny announced last month that he was looking into a bid for the top post in the 99-member House because he felt marginalized by other Republican leaders.

Now Matheny says he’ll seek another term in his current position as House speaker pro tempore instead. Besides speaker, it is the only post elected by the entire lower chamber of the General Assembly.

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6:36am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Political Whodunit Puts Spotlight on Williamson County

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A political whodunit has the national media focused on Williamson County.

The Secret Service was in Franklin Thursday investigating claims that someone burglarized a PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting office there and stole two decades' worth of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.

Authorities are studying computer thumb drives that were delivered with an unusual demand: a $1 million payment in hard-to-trace "Bitcoin" internet currency.

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6:31am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Shanterrica Madden Appeals Murder Conviction

MURFREESBORO, TN (WMOT) – Convicted murderer Shanterrica Madden is appealing her verdict in the stabbing death of MTSU basketball standout Tina Stewart.

WSMV-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/8udmtxj) Madden’s lawyer is asking for a new trial on the grounds that the prosecution didn’t provide sufficient evidence to convict.

Madden stood trial in May in Murfreesboro on a charge of first degree murder. Jurors returned a verdict of second-degree murder.

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11:47am

Wed September 5, 2012
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More Criticism for Tennessee's Virtual School

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a privately-run online school in Union County says it has plans to improve student performance after the state's education commissioner called the school's poor test scores last year "unacceptable."

The Tennessee Virtual Academy is operated by K12 Inc., the nation's largest publicly-traded online education company, under contract with the Union County Public Schools system.

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