Bill Haslam - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Bill Haslam By Tennessee law, words have 'natural and ordinary' meanings NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups called it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother." No other state has a si... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:31:00Z States debate tuition break for students in US illegally Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st. Supporters in states where the tuition benefit is available say the policy has boosted Latino enrollment and has helped these students contribute to th... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:15:00 GMT 2017-04-10T17:15:00Z Funding concerns factored in Chattanooga public radio firing NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University officials who fired a Chattanooga public radio reporter for not identifying herself in sessions with Tennessee lawmakers were worried about losing state funding if they didn't take action, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga terminated Jacqui Helbert last month fo... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:06:00Z Immigrant tuition break gaining support in Tennessee NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A push to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally is picking up unlikely momentum from some Republicans in Tennessee, a deeply conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and his tough stance on immigration. If they succeed, Tennessee lawmake... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:20:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:20:00Z GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The Republican health care plan means less money for states and gives them a tough choice: Find a pot of cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans. Governors and state lawmakers analyzing the Republican plan to replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act fear a retu... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:08:00 GMT 2017-03-15T22:08:00Z GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law. At the same time, they're telling Washington: D... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-02-24T20:52:00Z West Virginia faces questions about its own rich politician MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Some of the conflict-of-interest issues swirling around President-elect Donald Trump in Washington are playing out on a smaller scale in West Virginia, where the richest man in the state — an Appalachian coal baron with real estate, resort and farm holdings, too — is about to be sworn in as governor. Democratic Gov.-elect Jim Just... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-01-12T23:09:00Z Browns owner Jimmy Haslam deposed in Pilot lawsuit KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was deposed Tuesday in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain, which is owned by his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and other family members. According to a court notice filed in Franklin County, Ohio, the deposition that was originally to be videotaped at a Knoxville, ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:15:00 GMT 2016-12-14T00:15:00Z Soot swept up: Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she's seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors needed dusting. Spoiled food had to be tossed. Otherwise, she was set to reopen. While several Gatlinburg areas resembled... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:33:00 GMT 2016-12-06T02:33:00Z The Latest: Death toll rises to 11 in Tennessee wildfires GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in eastern Tennessee that have killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Emergency officials say the death toll from Tennessee wildfires this week has risen to 11. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:53:00 GMT 2016-12-02T01:53:00Z 3 more bodies found in Tennessee wildfire ruins; toll at 7 GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area, raising the death toll to seven, a Tennessee mayor said Wednesday. Search-and-rescue missions continued, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said they had found three people who had been trapped ... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:20:00 GMT 2016-12-01T01:20:00Z The Latest: Obama talks with Tennessee governor about fires GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Tennessee that killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of buildings (all times local): 7:30 p.m. President Barack Obama has spoken with Tennessee's governor to offer support for residents gravely affected by recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. A stateme... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:49:00 GMT 2016-12-01T00:49:00Z The Latest: Wis. judge rejects request for recount by hand NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump and his administration (all times EST): 10 p.m. A Wisconsin judge has refused to order local officials to conduct the state's presidential recount by hand. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount last week. She alleged — without evi... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:28:00 GMT 2016-11-30T03:28:00Z Escaping wildfires meant fleeing through hell-like landscape GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — With flames dripping from tree branches and the air filled with embers, thousands of people raced through a hellish landscape as they fled wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes and a resort in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fanned by hurricane-force winds, the flames reached the doorstep of Dollywood, the ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:07:00 GMT 2016-11-30T02:07:00Z