Stumping For Insure Tennessee Isn't The Reason For Obama's Nashville Visit

When President Obama visits Madison Wednesday, some are hoping it'll give a boost to Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, but pitching Medicaid expansion isn't part of the plan.
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Nashville business leaders have ramped up their resistance to a measure that would require construction companies to hire more local workers for city-funded projects. They’re urging voters to reject the amendment on August's ballot, saying it will hurt local business and taxpayers. 

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Just a few years ago, Tennessee was scrambling to combat sex trafficking. Now it’s a leading state in the fight.

There have been 36 new laws in the past four years, including several measures that take effect July 1.

The new laws include money for more special agents assigned to investigate sex traffickers for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. And for the first time, TBI will have the power to conduct electronic wiretapping.

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Some Nashville area hospital executives plan to be in the room as President Obama hails the Affordable Care Act from an elementary school in Madison. Health care leaders hope the campaign-style event might give some kind of boost to the unsuccessful effort to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.


Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register is officially retired as of midnight and an interim director starts Wednesday morning, but it's not the one the board of education voted for last week. The divided panel narrowly voted Tuesday night to reconsider the original selection following an open meetings complaint.


When President Obama visits Madison Wednesday, some are hoping it'll give a boost to Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, but pitching Medicaid expansion isn't part of the plan.

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Ten truckloads of fireworks arrived in Tennessee over the weekend as Nashville gears up for what’s being billed as the nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.


Tennessee does not use the execution drug authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. So it’s unclear whether the high court’s 5-4 ruling clears the way for the state’s scheduled executions to proceed.

The case was about midazolam, which is a common drug in a three-step process used to kill inmates. While Tennessee uses a one-drug protocol—and perhaps a backup that hasn't been disclosed—death penalty attorney David Raybin says he reads the Supreme Court ruling as broadly allowing drugs of all kinds.

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Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's health care plan hope a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court will be a turning point.

Backers of Insure Tennessee rallied Monday at St. Thomas Hospital's Midtown campus, in a bid to keep momentum going after the nation's highest court upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision reaffirmed the law, which also calls for granting Tennessee billions of dollars each year if it adopts Insure Tennessee and expands Medicaid to more than 250,000 low-income residents.

One parade-watcher at Nashville's Pride Festival this weekend has garnered attention for holding a sign that asks for forgiveness.

The woman in question is Erika Chambers, who was also the subject of a WPLN story that ran just the day before the parade.

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State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.

State Rep. Andy Holt, who last week proposed the Pastor Protection Act, is considering a state law to give business owners the right to opt out from gay marriage ceremonies — whether they run a bakery, a wedding venue, or a flower shop.


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