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Tennessee lawmakers OK $33.8B annual state spending plan
ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Friday April 17, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers have approved the state's $33.8 billion annual spending plan after rejecting Democrats' attempts to include a provision that could revive Medicaid expansion. Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan would extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income people. The House also rejected one Republican lawmaker's bid to redirect $60 million from the $120 million earmarked for a new state museum in Nashville. Passing a balanced budget is one of the few constitutional requirements for Tennessee lawmakers.


Tennessee Senate approves tuition equality proposal
AP Friday April 17, 2015

Tennessee residents who are authorized to be in the United States would be eligible for in-state tuition under legislation that has passed the Senate. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee. Under the proposal, students considered lawfully present in the U.S. through a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals would qualify for in-state tuition. Such students now pay nearly three times as much for higher education -- the out-of-state rate -- even if they've lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.


Cave surveys find sharp declines in 3 species of bats
AP Friday April 17, 2015

Cave surveys over the winter have found a steep decline in the three most common species of bats in Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports surveyors found fewer little brown bats, northern long-eared bats and tricolored bats due to the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. Biologists say the impacts of the disease appear to be similar to those already seen in northeastern states, where entire bat populations have been wiped out.


Morgan County schools cut into summer to make up for snow days
WVLT Thursday April 16, 2015

For Morgan County students, that fun in the snow will lead to less fun in the sun. WVLT reports that students in Morgan County missed 16 days due to inclement weather. To make up those days will cut into their summer break. Morgan County Schools will have their last day on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Classes on that day will let out at 11 a.m. Many parents say they have already made plans and their kids will not attend the last day of school. Student Service Supervisor, Ronnie Wilson says the students who do not come on the last day will not be penalized. They will be able to pick up their report cards at a later date.


Vehicle Reported Stolen in Crossville Involved in Chattanooga Accident
CPD/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 16, 2015

A Creekwood Drive resident reported the theft of her 2007 Ram 1500 valued at $20,000. According to Crossville Police, the victim said she left her vehicle in her driveway last Friday while she went to the hospital. She returned home Monday to discover her truck missing. The investigation revealed the vehicle had been involved in an accident in Chattanooga on April 11. A suspect in the case remains at large.


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