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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ruling out a future run for U.S. Senate. 

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's ambitious transportation plan is headed for a key vote in the House Wednesday, though lawmakers are uncertain whether the bill that would include Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 can gain enough votes to advance.

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Tennessee’s economy showed steady growth in 2016.

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicator report for the fourth quarter released Tuesday showed a 6.5% increase in new business filings from the fourth quarter of 2015 as well as a 0.5% drop in business closings.

About a third of Tennessee students who graduated from high school in 2015 did so without earning the necessary credits. That revelation came late last month in a report by the state's education department — a report meant to explore why so many Tennessee students are having trouble in college. For the first time, state officials led an audit to see whether graduates were fulfilling the state's graduation requirements. One in three was not.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says the state has been sued for moving to require all major online vendors to collect sales taxes on purchases made in the state. 

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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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