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This week the Tennessee General Assembly will start a special session, and it’s expected to last at least three days.

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Not only will Tennessee now track the cases of COVID-19 in schools across the state, but it is expected to make the information public.

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Tennessee’s newest restriction on abortions saw two major — and opposing — developments Monday.

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Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee has the fewest economically distressed counties since 2007, arguing that development signals improved economic conditions for those county residents. 

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  Calvin Bryant has had a busy year and a half. He’s launched a nonprofit, become a dad. He even testified at the Tennessee State Capitol. That’s because Bryant’s catching up from time lost during the decade he spent in prison on a first-time drug offense. And he hoped his story would sway legislators to reform the state’s strict drug-free school zones sentencing laws.

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The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, along with more than a dozen other community groups, are calling on Gov. Bill Lee and local government officials to establish a plan to address COVID-19 disparities in the state’s Latino community.

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Tennessee’s highest court has declined to take up an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of a school voucher program that would let parents use public tax dollars for private school tuition. 

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration is proposing another $284 million in budget cuts next year due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Gov. Bill Lee’s administration has announced that long-term care facilities will soon be required to test all of their residents and staff for COVID-19 after initially just urging nursing homes to do so. 

Tennessee Judge Rules School Voucher Program Is Illegal

May 5, 2020
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A Tennessee judge says the state’s much-debated school voucher program is illegal and cannot be implemented, despite education officials receiving thousands of applications from parents hoping to use public tax dollars on private schooling tuition.

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