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Ramsey changes course on governor's Medicaid expansion plan

Ramsey changes course on governor's Medicaid expansion plan

December 12th, 2014 10:25 am by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawma

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Bluff City woman charged with shooting husband now accused of three-year poisoning campaign

Bluff City woman charged with shooting husband now accused of three-year poisoning campaign

December 12th, 2014 9:13 am by Nick Shepherd, NET News Service

A Bluff City woman who allegedly shot her husband in the back, leaving him paralyzed and crawling through the woods for help while she went to Pigeon Forge with their children, is now being accused of poisoning him for the last three years.

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Ramsey opposes pre-abortion ultrasound bill, talks prospects of reproductive laws

Ramsey opposes pre-abortion ultrasound bill, talks prospects of reproductive laws

December 11th, 2014 4:09 pm by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The approval of a constitutional amendment to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee may have opened the floodgates to proposals from Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, but Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doe

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Update: Bristol police amend list of those sought in 126 drug indictments

Update: Bristol police amend list of those sought in 126 drug indictments

December 11th, 2014 2:03 pm by Staff Report

Police issued a press release today removing the name of Jonathan Addair, 25, of Basham Hill Road in Bristol, Tennessee, who officers said was not involved.

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Bill banning racial profiling introduced in Tennessee General Assembly

Bill banning racial profiling introduced in Tennessee General Assembly

December 11th, 2014 1:26 pm by Associated Press

All of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies would have to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling, under legislation introduced in the General Assembly.

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UPDATE: Date for Wellmont merger decision postponed

UPDATE: Date for Wellmont merger decision postponed

December 11th, 2014 11:24 am by Staff Report

A decision by a regional health care provider on a question that could have consequences for one of the largest industry sectors in the Tri-Cities will not be made before the end of the year, according to a statement from the organization's board of direc

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With little chance for more state funding, higher ed may turn to cuts, tuition increases

With little chance for more state funding, higher ed may turn to cuts, tuition increases

December 11th, 2014 7:31 am by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press

Faced with flat revenue projections, higher education officials will have to find ways to cover costs at their institutions because the state won't be able to help them anytime soon, a top economist said Wednesday.

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Congress voices displeasure in considering $1.1T spending bill

Congress voices displeasure in considering $1.1T spending bill

December 11th, 2014 7:18 am by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

"This may be a 'hold your nose' vote," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. "Do you really think next year, with Republicans entirely in control, that it would actually get better?"

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Man accused of pistol-whipping girlfriend indicted on attempted murder charge

Man accused of pistol-whipping girlfriend indicted on attempted murder charge

December 10th, 2014 8:57 pm by Jeff Bobo, NET News Service

A Kingsport man accused of pistol-whipping his girlfriend, shooting at her, and then leading police on a high speed chase was indicted Monday on numerous charges, including attempted second-degree murder.

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Wal-Mart worker charged with stealing $10,000 from store

Wal-Mart worker charged with stealing $10,000 from store

December 10th, 2014 8:49 pm by Jordan Buie, The Tennessean

Court records, which cite a surveillance video, said the 19-year-old Walmart employee stole about $10,000 in cash and gift cards, some worth as much as $950, in a matter of about five and a half hours.

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