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Tennessee Promise Poll
AP Friday February 6, 2015
A new poll by MTSU shows overwhelming support for Gov. Haslam's program to make community college and technical schools free for upcoming high school graduates.
The poll found that 79 percent approve of the program known as Tennessee Promise. The polls showed 12 percent against it, 8 percent were unsure and the rest gave no answer.
Traffic Camera Bill
AP Friday February 6, 2015
State Sen. Lee Harris has filed legislation that would use revenue from municipal red light cameras to send students to college.
Harris said the proposal will create a new scholarship opportunity for students. Under the proposal, all revenue generated by new red light camera contracts after July 1st, 2015 would go to the Drive to College scholarship.
According to a report by The Commercial Appeal, red light cameras have generated $3.1 million in camera-related fines in Memphis alone, but the Arizona-based contractor earned $4.8 million.
Last month, State Rep. Andy Holt said he plans to file legislation to ban speeding and red light cameras in Tennessee.
Jay Walker Friday February 6, 2015
The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will celebrate Senior Night Friday evening as they host Stone Memorial in the final home doubleheader of the regular season.
All senior basketball players, cheerleaders and Pioneerettes and their parents will be recognized during special ceremonies between games.
The girls' game tips off at 6pm. The games will be broadcast live on SPORTSRADIO 1230 WAKI and online at www.1230waki.com .
No Measles in Tennessee
Thursday February 5, 2015
From January 1st to January 30th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 100 people from 14 states have been diagnosed with the measles.
According to the CDC, a majority of the cases stem from an outbreak at Disneyland in California, and most of the people infected did not have the measles vaccine or know if they had been vaccinated.
So far, the CDC has not reported any cases in Tennessee or bordering states.
Health officials say the measles could still come to Tennessee, but state immunization exemptions make it tougher to avoid getting the measles vaccine.
Insure Tennessee Fails in Committee
WKRN Thursday February 5, 2015
Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal was rejected by a 7-4 vote Wednesday in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Proponents of the measure said it would have provided health care for an estimated 280,000 lower income Tennesseans.
Within an hour of the committee's vote, both the House and Senate decided to adjourn the special session.
All Wednesday morning, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard from a long list of witnesses speaking for and against the Insure Tennessee plan.
In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Tennessee Hospital Association expressed extreme disappointment in the action of the committee.
Gov. Haslam hasn't said yet if he will continue to pursue his plan in the legislative regular session.