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Drug companies spend millions to lobby lawmakers

Posted: 03/04/2014 - A newspaper analysis of public records has found that more than 100 lobbyists have been hired since 2009 by pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and trade associations to influence lawmakers.

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Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

Posted: 03/03/2014 - The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday.

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Smokies history and archive center funded

Updated: 03/03/2014 - The new Joint Curatorial Collections Facility for the Great Smoky Mountains has been funded and building is expected to start within a few months.

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Orange "blue books" seeing spike in sales

Posted: 03/03/2014 - Tennessee is seeing an increased demand for the latest edition of the state's Blue Book, which is dedicated to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt and includes a special orange version.

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No sign of expansion at plant where UAW dealt loss

Posted: 02/28/2014 - Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

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Obama seeks more federal spending to train doctors

Posted: 02/27/2014 - President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years.

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Biden to Democrats: Don't apologize

Posted: 02/27/2014 - Vice President Joe Biden says his central message to Democrats is not to apologize for the party's policies heading into the 2014 midterm election.

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Feds file suit against for-profit college chain

Posted: 02/27/2014 - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed suit against a large, for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.

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Haslam says citizenship required for tuition plan

Updated: 02/26/2014 - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says legislative efforts to make children of people living in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition "have some merit," but that he has no plans to change his own free tuition proposal to include those same students.

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