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Two Months After Apparent Demise, Insure Tennessee Health Plan Gets A Second Life

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. "We've never stopped working on it," Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville), "and I think you'll...
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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.

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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.

Last year, Indiana’s Mike Pence bragged that his wife owned a gun and a motorcycle when he met her. “Love at first sight,” he said.

Southern Baptist leaders were supposed to be talking about bioethics this week at a summit in Nashville, Tenn. That changed in December after a New York grand jury declined to return an indictment in the police choking death of Eric Garner.

When Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, sent out tweets expressing his shock, there was pushback. Should the church get involved in a divisive political issue?

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Teachers in Tennessee are on track to get some temporary relief from the pressure of testing.

The state House of Representatives has approved a plan put together by Gov. Bill Haslam to change the weighting of test scores for two years. The governor says the break is needed while the state replaces the TCAP with a new standardized test.

The plan, House Bill 108, temporarily rewrites Tennessee's teacher-evaluation formula.

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A fourth charter operator has pulled out of an agreement to take over a low-performing school as part of Tennessee's Achievement School District. This cancellation has a particularly personal sting for the ASD's superintendent.

YES Prep is walking away, after more than a year of legwork.

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Tennesseans will soon face more restrictions on cold medicines, after lawmakers voted Thursday to ban sales of some cough syrups to minors.

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Governors in Tennessee will soon have the power to withhold economic incentives to companies that hire too many temporary workers.

The state legislature on Thursday approved a measure, Senate Bill 86, that would give the Department of Economic and Community Development more flexibility in awarding job tax credits.

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles unveiled plans Thursday to establish a satellite display in Nashville. The interactive exhibit targets school children. It’s meant to explain the process of turning music into a recording.

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Dozens of Nashville-area high school students took time off from their Spring Break to lobby state lawmakers about college tuition.

They hoped to build support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. 

The group included Adriana Herrera, a senior at Overton High School who was brought to the U.S. as a child. Her father was deported four years ago, leaving her mom as a single parent.

Herrera said she wants to become an attorney and work with juvenile offenders.

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