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Tenn. has lowest number of uninsured in decade

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low.

Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

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SCLC president joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort


The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is poised for a major role in bringing international peace and equality with the recent signing of a historic proclamation with world leaders in Berlin.

Charles Steele Jr., president of the Atlanta-based organization, presented the proclamation and secured support during a summit in Berlin Nov. 8-9 commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Steele, who was the only American participating in that summit, also met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who agreed to serve as the international chairman of the SCLC’s Global Roundtable on Peace, an initiative that expands the international work Dr. Martin Luther King launched before his death.

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Delta-driven call to action focuses on teacher effectiveness


(PRNewswire) – The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), is issuing a Call to Action for nonprofit organizations to increase the dialogue around teacher efficacy to improve educational outcomes through their Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).

The campaign is made possible by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s designed to enhance teacher efficacy, particularly in urban areas where disparities continue to exist for disadvantaged student subgroups. DTEC’s mission is that “Teachers Believing = Students Achieving.”

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This Week’s DVD Releases


Top Ten DVD List for November 18, 2014  

“22 Jump Street:

“White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition”

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Bill seeks to repeal Common Core, set up panel

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two Republican state senators have filed legislation to repeal the state's Common Core standards.

The measure would set up a so-called Tennessee Standards Commission that would recommend to the State Board of Education standards to be used in the state's K-12 public schools.

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