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Insure Tennessee Stopped After Surprise Revival

State lawmakers have turned back a second attempt to implement Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee health plan, but supporters say they will keep up the push, regardless. Hundreds of Insure Tennessee backers jammed Legislative Plaza Tuesday in the hope that lawmakers might be persuaded to embrace it at last. The rally came after Haslam's proposal to extend Medicaid coverage to more than a quarter-million Tennesseans was given a surprising second life. But the Senate Commerce Committee...
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State lawmakers have turned back a second attempt to implement Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee health plan, but supporters say they will keep up the push, regardless.

Hundreds of Insure Tennessee backers jammed Legislative Plaza Tuesday in the hope that lawmakers might be persuaded to embrace it at last.

The rally came after Haslam's proposal to extend Medicaid coverage to more than a quarter-million Tennesseans was given a surprising second life.

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A state representative from Rutherford County has withdrawn a bill that would have required doctors to show women an ultrasound of their fetus before getting an abortion. Lawmakers said they were concerned about a technicality of the bill, but it hasn’t had much support from the start.

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An unexpected surge in business tax collections may go to build a new Tennessee State Museum —in its first ever dedicated home. Governor Bill Haslam proposed using $120 million to get started on a building that’s been mired in the planning stage for years. 

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Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted by a two-thirds margin Monday night to open up parks in Nashville and other cities to guns. The move sets up a potential confrontation with Gov. Bill Haslam — right as the state prepares to play host to tens of thousands of gun owners.

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School vouchers look like they may soon become a reality in Tennessee, after the Senate approved a voucher plan Monday night.

Lawmakers say they've come up with a program that targets children in some of the state's worst-performing schools — without crippling their districts.

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A pair of Nashville charter schools may get dedicated police officers in the fall. During the city's budget hearings, the police department requested additional positions related to the growth of charter schools.

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The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.

Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.

“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”

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After Tennessee voters passed a constitutional amendment in November — paving the way for the legislature to pass new restrictions on abortion — some expected the flood gates would open. But that hasn't really been the case. There's been no rush. Lawmakers have even been a bit slower than in past years to push new abortion laws.

State capitol reporter Chas Sisk and host Emil Moffatt discuss which proposals have the best chance of passing.

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No big meetings of the minds. No closed-door bargaining. No secret strategizing by Insure Tennessee's supporters.

Left for dead two months ago, Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid is showing renewed signs of vigor. Its surprise return, say backers, is the result of a steady effort to keep the proposal alive since early February, when Tennessee lawmakers seemed to kill it during a special session.

NRA

It's the job of the governor to greet the National Rifle Association when 75,000 conventioneers gather for the group's annual meeting. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam may have to dig deep to find a positive gun-related anecdote.

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