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Middle Tennessee State University was named one of the best colleges in the nation by the Military Times for supporting student veterans. The publication announced for the fifth year running its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings today as the nation celebrates Veterans Day. The rankings factor in a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ …

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveiled a report Monday morning on the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force, which outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans. Haslam formed the group in November 2013 and gave it the responsibility of identifying obstacles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for …

East Tennessee State University says it has suspended the school’s Rugby Club after allegations that a juvenile was raped at a party hosted by the organization. The Johnson City Press reports the 17-year-old girl told police that a Western Carolina University rugby player raped her at a party hosted by the ETSU Rugby Club after …

Supporters of stricter abortion regulations in Tennessee say an effort to have the Amendment 1 vote overturned subverts the will of the voters. Amendment 1 — which changes the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortion — passed last week with 53 percent of voters casting ballots in favor. On Friday, …

Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state’s new free community college program. WPLN-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1xrmzi7 ) before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid, but undocumented students are not eligible for it. Some immigrants had hoped it would be different. The governor’s speech introducing …

(AP) — President Barack Obama says Internet providers shouldn’t be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an “explicit ban” on such deals. Obama also said that federal regulators should reclassify the Internet as a …