Add Tennessee and Kansas to the list of states that have been warned by the Obama administration that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor. Continue reading
Scientists hope a new mapping model published this week that pinpoints where the endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel lives will help conservationists better focus efforts to protect it and its equally threatened habitat, the Appalachians’ red spruce forests. Continue reading
In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results.
State Sen. Jim Tracy said in a news release that he had decided against putting the GOP, state officials, his family and others through “additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be.” Continue reading
The rate of breast cancer deaths for African American women nationally is 40 percent greater than that of white women, according to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. In Memphis, the city with the widest disparity, a public campaign strives to tackle the gap through earlier detection and financial support. Gwen Ifill has the story. Continue reading
Lawmakers in Tennessee are re-evaluating state rules that determine what can and cannot be called Tennessee whiskey. The state’s most signature product and multi-billion dollar industry has a global reputation, one that might be at stake if lawmakers ease regulations. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Linda Chavez of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Kate Bronfenbrenner of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University on the significance of Volkswagen auto workers in Tennessee rejecting UAW membership and the outlook and importance of unions for today’s workers. Continue reading
A two-year effort to organize workers at the Volkswagen auto plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., concluded in a close vote against unionizing. The United Auto Workers, whose rolls have drastically declined in the past three and a half decades, hoped a victory might motivate a larger push for the union among auto workers across the South. Jeffrey Brown reports on how both sides are now claiming outside interference. Continue reading