Articles by: Chelsea Mihelich

Historic York Institute in Danger of Funding Cut Once Again

Historic York Institute in Danger of Funding Cut Once Again

March 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

Governor Bill Haslam has pulled back from a proposal to study the future of the York Institute, started by WWI hero Alvin C. York.

Effort to End Emissions Testing for Newer Cars Makes Progress

Effort to End Emissions Testing for Newer Cars Makes Progress

March 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

Cars newer than three years old could soon be exempt from required emissions tests. It’s an idea state lawmakers are pushing forward, but they’re wary of potential complications.

Attorney General Says Taking Away Vanderbilt’s Police Force Questionable

Attorney General Says Taking Away Vanderbilt’s Police Force Questionable

March 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

The Tennessee attorney general says legislation that would take away Vanderbilt University’s right to have a police force is “questionably suspect.”

Democrats Help Pass College ID Voter Law in Senate

Democrats Help Pass College ID Voter Law in Senate

March 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Despite some opposition from his own party yesterday, a Murfreesboro Republican won passage of a measure that would make college IDs sufficient forms of voter identification.

Governor’s Online University Proposal a Flop in Senate Committee

Governor’s Online University Proposal a Flop in Senate Committee

March 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

Republican lawmakers are second-guessing a $5 million venture by Governor Bill Haslam to create an online university for Tennesseans. Haslam introduced the proposal to bring a branch of Western Governor’s University to Tennessee during his State of the State address in January.

Higher Costs for Cable Companies Could Mean Higher Prices for Consumers

Higher Costs for Cable Companies Could Mean Higher Prices for Consumers

February 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Cable companies say they will have to raise prices if the costs for attaching their equipment to power poles go up.

Contested Wine in Grocery Stores Bill Begins Legislative Journey

Contested Wine in Grocery Stores Bill Begins Legislative Journey

February 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

A measure to allow grocery stores to sell wine begins working its way through the state legislature this week. A Senate committee has set aside two hours this afternoon to hear from supermarkets which want the change, and from liquor stores which currently have control of all wine sales in Tennessee.

Ultrasound Requirement  Deemed Offensive by Abortion Advocates

Ultrasound Requirement Deemed Offensive by Abortion Advocates

February 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

Abortion advocates say legislation to require an ultrasound prior to an abortion has no real medical purpose, and may not even achieve the intended effect. The proposed state law would force the mother to listen to the heartbeat, and have the development of the pregnancy described to her if she chooses not to look at the image.

NAACP Will Fight to Keep Affirmative Action

NAACP Will Fight to Keep Affirmative Action

February 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

The NAACP says they will fight “tooth and nail” against legislators trying to restrict Tennessee affirmative action laws. The bill from Dickson Senator Jim Summerville would prohibit public universities from considering race, gender or ethnicity when admitting students.

Office of the Repealer to Help Curb Paperwork for Tennessee Businesses

Office of the Repealer to Help Curb Paperwork for Tennessee Businesses

February 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Tennessee officials say they would like to see state law become more like it was 130 years ago, when the entire Tennessee Code could fit in a single book. Republican legislators have announced plans for a position they call the “Office of the Repealer.”

Liquor Stores Oppose Referendum to Allow Wine In Food Retailers

Liquor Stores Oppose Referendum to Allow Wine In Food Retailers

January 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Tennessee lawmakers pushing to get wine on grocery store shelves say they would be willing to compromise with liquor stores, who currently can’t sell anything but alcohol.

Virtual Academy Contrite About Poor Math Scores

January 30, 2013 at 5:01 am

An online public school enrolling thousands of students across Tennessee once again faced scrutiny from state lawmakers Tuesday. The virtual school based in Union County uses curriculum developed by a for-profit company called K12 Inc. The school’s standardized test scores have been some of the lowest in the state.