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President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $181.5 million for a new federal courthouse in Nashville. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat who has long advocated for the new courthouse, lauded Monday’s announcement a “critical next step” in getting the facility built. The city has been waiting for federal funding for a new courthouse since …

Lawmakers will convene a special session today to take up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. The proposal is simple, but the politics are not. Haslam’s plan is a two-year pilot project called Insure Tennessee. The deal calls on state hospitals to pay the $74 million state share to …

After months of negotiations and political wrangling, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans comes down to a 451-word resolution. The Republican-controlled Legislature convenes in a special session on Monday to decide whether to OK the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan — or to or leave $2.8 billion in federal …

Federal Medicaid officials and the state’s attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty. Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who was Haslam’s chief legal adviser before being named attorney general last year, said in a legal opinion that the state “would retain the ability …

A new First Assistant U.S. Attorney was named today to take the place of David Rivera, former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, according to a press release from the Attorney’s office in Nashville. Jack Smith, former head of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity department, will vacate his current position at the …

President Barack Obama announced a plan during a speech at Pellissippi State Community College on Friday, January 9 to provide free community college to students across the country. Students would be required to maintain at least part-time enrollment and a 2.5 GPA in order to receive these benefits. The president said during his speech that …