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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Republicans have earned their first supermajority in the state Senate.
The GOP claimed at least two seats necessary in Tuesday's election to take a 22-11 margin in the upper chamber.
Democratic incumbent Tim Barnes was defeated by Mark Green in District 22, and Republican Joey Hensley defeated Tyler "Ty" Cobb in District 28.
The GOP also threatened to get a supermajority in the House, where only two seats were also needed. The margin was 64-34, with one independent, going into the election.
According to legislative records, the last time a party won a a supermajority in both chambers was in 1976, when Democrats controlled the Senate 23-9 and the House 66-32.
State Republicans haven't held a supermajority since Reconstruction.
Tuesday, November 6 2012, 11:51 PM CST
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.