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A Republican state senator wants to change Tennessee election finance law to exempt churches from having to report campaign spending on "public or private morality." 

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Two Republican lawmakers in Tennessee want to require government-issued IDs to prominently feature the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen" in capital letters for anyone without permanent residency status. 

Recent high school graduates in Tennessee are already allowed to attend community college at no cost. Now Gov. Bill Haslam is looking to expand the year-old program to provide free community college educations to adults, as well.

Haslam, a Republican who has been in office since 2011, made his pitch at Monday night's State of the State address. Afterward, he tweeted, "Let's be the Tennessee we can be."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is proposing $77 million in pay raises and rate adjustments for state workers in the upcoming budget year. 

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Tennessee state officials say insurance claims have topped $842 million in the deadly wildfires that burned thousands of buildings in the eastern part of the state.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is proposing to raise the state’s tax on each gallon of gasoline by 7 cents while cutting sales tax on groceries and income from earnings on stocks and bonds. 

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Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to unveil his top legislative priority on Wednesday as state lawmakers await details on his plan to boost transportation funding in Tennessee. 

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Justice reform groups have filed a lawsuit over a Tennessee law they say punishes the poor by revoking driver's licenses due to unpaid court fines.

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Republican state Senator Mark Green of Ashland City near Clarksville is the first among a bevy of potential candidates to take a formal step toward entering the Tennessee governor's race in 2018. 

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The Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum has been destroyed in a Benton County fire, but its owner is determined to rebuild.  

Owner Bob Keast says the building that housed the museum and offices burned down Tuesday night.  

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