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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about this session’s legislative priorities.

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Tennessee lawmakers could debate this session whether to add a work requirement to Medicaid, after President Donald Trump's administration said last month that it'd be willing to accept proposals that force enrollees to have a job, be training for one or engage in some sort of volunteer work.

Department of Economic and Community Development

Gov. Bill Haslam is asking state lawmakers for another $30 million for the Memphis Regional Megasite — a little less than half of what top officials say is needed to complete the sprawling industrial park along Interstate 40 in West Tennessee.

But officials say that could be enough to clear away the biggest stumbling block that's been holding up the project.

Megan Barry
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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry disclosed an extramarital affair with the head of her security detail on Wednesday and publicly apologized after mounting media inquiries about the sudden retirement of police Sgt. Rob Forrest.

Liam James Doyle/NPR

President Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress, followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom annotated those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time (below the video).

Chas Sisk / WPLN

This year's race for governor has one less contender.

Mt. Juliet Republican Mae Beavers announced on Facebook Tuesday that she's suspending her campaign. The move follows signs that the former state senator had been lagging far behind the other top Republicans.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Governor Bill Haslam presented a limited agenda Monday night, in an unusually reflective and retrospective State of the State speech.

In his final statewide address as governor, Haslam spent most of his time highlighting what he sees as his successes, including low unemployment and an improving education system. But as for new proposals — there weren't very many.

Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

TN Photo Services

Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

The Tennessean

Preschool programs and raising the pay for teachers both got votes of confidence, as five of the major candidates for governor lined up at Belmont University Tuesday night to discuss education.

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