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Gov. Bill Haslam unveils his Medicaid expansion proposal, dubbed Insure Tennessee. Credit: Governor's Office.

How Is Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Different From Regular TennCare?

December 22, 2014 at 5:22 am

Insure Tennessee, as it’s been dubbed, is aimed at those who make too much money to qualify for TennCare, but too little to get a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act.

Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding

December 22, 2014 at 5:22 am

The agency charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools has to find new funding. The Achievement School District was born in 2010 out of the Race to the Top program. All of that prize money will be gone next year.

Recently built highrises now form the backdrop for the nondescript Station Inn. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Nashville’s Iconic Station Inn Hangs On For Now In Transformed Gulch

December 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Station Inn is probably the only thing in The Gulch that hasn’t changed much in recent years. But with a proprietor who rents the club’s stone brick building perched on some of Nashville’s hottest real estate, can it last?

The Tennessee Hospital Association plans to help fund Gov. Haslam's push to expand Medicaid. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Hospital Association’s Huge Role In Tennessee’s Medicaid Expansion Explained

December 19, 2014 at 5:27 am

The deal was proposed to Governor Haslam more than a year ago, according to Craig Becker, who heads the association.

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team

December 19, 2014 at 4:54 am

Justice Sharon Lee asked Smith: What if a pharmacist doesn’t have a license, or had some criminal convictions, don’t death row inmates have a right to know if the lethal injection team is qualified? And why should they take the state’s word for it?

The East Nashville Advisory Committee met Wednesday night to begin reworking feeder patterns as part of a larger proposed overhaul. Credit: David Wright Smith

East Nashville Parents Begin Arduous Task Of Re-Thinking School Zone Feeder Patterns

December 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Metro Schools officials hope to both attract middle class families and help low-income families that tend to move more often by reworking feeder patterns.

Randy Boyd previously was a "special adviser" - unpaid - to Governor Bill Haslam overseeing his "Driver to 55," an effort to increase college attainment rates in the state. Credit: TN Photo Services

Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief

December 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

The businessman who previously volunteered to spearhead a push to get more Tennesseans finishing college has now been named commissioner of the Economic and Community Development Department.

Candice McQueen was named Tennessee's next education commissioner at a capitol hill press conference on Wednesday. She will start Jan. 20. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s New Education Commissioner Is Known As A Common Core Booster

December 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Governor Bill Haslam named a new education commissioner Wednesday, and she’s one of the biggest supporters of Common Core education standards in the state.

Nashville Airport's new flight to Oakland, starting June 7, will depart around 2 p.m. daily. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses

December 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Technology leaders in Nashville have long bemoaned the fact that there’s no direct flight near Silicon Valley. Part of the reason it’s finally happening is because businesses like healthcare tech company Emdeon have promised to frequent the route.

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Execution Team IDs

December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

The attorney general’s office has refused to hand over the identities to attorneys with the federal public defender’s office –– saying it’s not relevant and carries too much of a risk of harassment and retaliation.

Last year, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts caused the deaths of 14 Tennesseans due to a meningitis outbreak. Image Courtesy CDC

Pharmacist Responsible For Meningitis Outbreak Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

Employees and owners of the compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak have been indicted on charges ranging from fraud to 2nd degree murder. Many of the charges stem from cases in Tennessee.

Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

December 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.

Nashville Metro Council passed on a third and final vote on Tuesday new regulations for Lyft and Uber. Credit via Flickr

Nashville’s Lyft, Uber Rules Now Official City Law

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 am

Adding ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber means drivers will have to apply for an annual permit, pass background checks and be subject to random inspections.

Members of the Chamber's education report card committee toured Nashville's Isaac Litton Middle Prep. Credit: Emanuel O. Roland / Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Chamber Gives School Board A Low Grade In Presenting A Unified Front

December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce business leaders have a message to the Metro school board: It needs to present a more unified front, especially on the issue of charter schools. The critique was part of its annual review of the school system.

Police chief Steve Anderson talks to reporters Monday afternoon about the shooting death of a 16-year-old the night before. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Police: Shooting Death In Nashville Is ‘Starkly Different’ From Ferguson, New York

December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Nashville police are defending the officers involved in the shooting death of a black teenager Sunday night. In a highly unusual move, they’ve also released an interview with one of the officers before the investigation is complete.

Dennis Williams has been elected UAW president since the failed vote at Volkswagen in February. Credit: UAW via Facebook

UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier

December 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

The United Auto Workers’ recent recognition at VW in Tennessee – though short of collective bargaining – may make future unionizing more difficult in the region. That’s the opinion of UAW president Dennis Williams, who briefed reporters Monday.

Gov. Haslam with supporters as he unveils a plan to pursue federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Governor's Office.

Gov. Haslam Pursues Medicaid Expansion, Setting Stage For Upcoming Battle In The Legislature

December 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

One key reason Haslam is touting the plan is that the Tennessee Hospital Association, not state taxpayers, will pay for the percentage of the program not covered by the federal government.

Officer John Downs, 42, is an 18-year police department veteran who is assigned to the Special Response Team. Credit: MNPD

Nashville Police Kill Teen Suspect Who Shot Officer

December 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

Metro Police shot and killed a 16-year-old robbery suspect in Nashboro Village overnight.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, more than 151,000 Tennesseans signed up for healthcare on the federal marketplace during the first round of signups.

State Sees Most Obamacare Signups In Antioch, Where Recruiting Efforts Are High

December 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

Nearly 2,900 residents living in ZIP code 37013 signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act as of April. That’s more than double the signups of any other ZIP code in the state, except the neighboring 37211.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Budget Vote Splits Tennessee Senators

December 15, 2014 at 5:40 am

Tennessee’s two Republican senators came down on opposing sides of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed over the weekend.