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Law and Government
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Dies In House

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Proponents of a limited school voucher program will have to take another stab at the issue next year. On Tuesday, the bill was taken out of consideration in the Tennessee House, ending its chances for approval in the waning legislative session.

Time was running out to secure votes and shepherd the proposal to a House vote, Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) told colleagues on the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. He removed the bill from the committee's calendar, killing it for the year.

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Bruce Poston
2:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Well-known Knoxville Attorney Arrested On Drug Charges

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Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested prominent defense attorney Bruce Poston this morning at the City-County Building.   Poston is being charged with illegally delivering painkillers on two separate occasions to the wife of a former client.  He’s also charged with one attempted delivery.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Gov. Haslam Likely to Sign Charter Authorizer Into Law

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Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow the Tennessee Board of Education to overrule local rejections of charter school applications.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
5:54 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#14)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Magnolia Avenue
4:30 am
Mon April 14, 2014

City To Roll Out Latest Vision For Magnolia Avenue This Week

A 2009 architect's rendering for one section of Magnolia Ave. near Winona St.
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Knoxville city officials and consultants will unveil their latest designs for the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project on Wednesday, part of an effort to revitalize an area that’s suffered from years of deterioration and neglect.

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Health
3:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Number Of Tennessee Children With Health Insurance Rises

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More Tennessee children have health insurance.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that the number of uninsured children in Tennessee fell by 4.4% between the years of 2008 and 2012.

The biggest change was seen in Tennessee’s Hispanic children:  the number without insurance fell from 27.8% in 2008 to 14.8% in 2012.

In 2012, 5.9% of children of all racial groups in Tennessee had no insurance, less than the national average of 7.5%.

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts

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Counties across Tennessee are now receiving the first wave of money from a $15 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The money will be targeted at reducing tobacco use among children and expectant mothers, along with cutting down on secondhand smoke.

Today and Friday, pubic health officials in Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties will be the latest to receive their first share of the money that was awarded to Tennessee as part of a 2012 settlement with the nation's largest tobacco producers.

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Methamphetamine
3:59 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tenn. House Passes Weaker Version Of Anti-Meth Bill

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If the Tennessee General Assembly had passed Governor Bill Haslam’s version of the Anti-Meth Production Act, it would have created some of the toughest pseudoephedrine and ephedrine purchase restrictions in the country.  But pressure from the pharmaceutical lobby and others who claim the bill would inconvenience law-abiding pseudoephedrine users convinced the governor to lower his expectations.

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Dialogue
11:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Dialogue: The Latest Data On Homelessness In Knoxville-Knox County

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The Knoxville-Knox County Homelessness Coalition was formed in 1986 to study homelessness in the area and to determine and coordinate services available to the homeless. Every two years, the Coalition presents a study on homelessness we'll hear the results of that study, along with the details of the City of Knoxville's latest plan to address homelessness.

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Economics
5:50 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Economist: Tennessee Budget Crunch A Long-Term Problem

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a package of proposed budget cuts that would trim more than $300 million in state spending in the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and all of FY 2015. The news comes amid tax revenues falling short of projected levels, and after months of good news for Tennessee’s economy. So what explains the sudden financial scramble in Nashville?

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