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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named a new director to the state’s Higher Education Commission.

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Tennessee students may soon be taking standardized tests with paper and pencil. The Department of Education has offered a two-year, $60 million contract to Questar Assessment to administer standardized testing to students from third through eighth grades beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

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Republican Tennessee lawmakers are making the case for a more limited approach to Medicaid expansion than the one proposed by Governor Bill Haslam. Haslam’s plan is called ‘Insure Tennessee.’ 

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New Tennessee laws go into effect Friday. Consumers will be able to purchase wine in supermarkets. Public college and university professors and staff can arm themselves on campus. And drivers will be subject to strict penalties for texting on the road. 

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Tennessee election officials are reminding state residents the last day to register to vote for the August 4 state primary and county general election is July 5. 

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A new report finds more than a quarter of Kentucky and Tennessee children live in poverty and that economic conditions continue to worsen.

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Seven Republicans vying to replace Stephen Fincher in Congress are saying they support Donald Trump for president. 

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In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

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Tennessee may soon be honored on the periodic table of elements. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommended the names of four recently discovered elements Wednesday that are now only known by numbers. 

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Two gay rights activists have filed a lawsuit challenging a new Tennessee law that lets therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles. 

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