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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 …

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 …

The application deadline for the Tennessee Promise was November 1, and nearly 45,000 students had applied for the program since its announcement in January of 2014. The state anticipated that roughly 20,000 students in the high school graduating class of 2015 would apply when the program was initially presented by Gov. Bill Haslam at his State of …

Gov. Bill Haslam took his re-election easily, amassing 70 percent of the vote in both the state and in Rutherford County. His Democratic opponent, the largely unknown Charles V. “Charlie” Brown, got 23 percent of votes around the state and 21.34 percent in the county. Of the five candidates running as independents or under minor …

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