Politics http://wuot.org en Tennessee unemployment rate rises slightly http://wuot.org/post/tennessee-unemployment-rate-rises-slightly <P>The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate in March rose slightly from 7.8% to 7.9%.&nbsp;&nbsp; Despite the increase, LWD says this is the lowest March rate on record since 2008.&nbsp; It's still a&nbsp;few tenths&nbsp;of&nbsp;a point higher than the national rate, which was announced at 7.6%.&nbsp; &nbsp;</P> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:08:10 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 853 at http://wuot.org Tennessee unemployment rate rises slightly Tennessee General Assembly Approves Governor's Budget http://wuot.org/post/tennessee-general-assembly-approves-governors-budget <p>The Tennessee State House approved Governor Bill Haslam’s $32.8 billion budget with a few minor changes by an 83-14 margin Wednesday.&nbsp; Thursday morning, the Senate unanimously agreed to the changes and the budget proposal is now headed to Haslam's&nbsp;desk for his signature.&nbsp;&nbsp; The budget sets aside more than $100 million for a 1 1/2 % pay-raise and other pay adjustments for state employees and $46 million for state employee health insurance.&nbsp; The budget allocates $350 million for increased enrollment in TennCare under the new federal health care law.&nbsp; In Education, Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:55:41 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 844 at http://wuot.org Tennessee General Assembly Approves Governor's Budget