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Haslam says he doesn't believe guns belong at schools though he did not say he's willing at this point to veto legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms. Some state lawmakers are discussing bills that would allow that.
The governor also talked about his upcoming decision whether to allow Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Haslam says he wants a better idea of what that will mean to hospitals that take uninsured patients before making that decision.
"One of the things we wanna do is make a thoughtful decision about impacts," said Haslam.
Under the A.H.C.A, hospitals will lose federal funding for uninsured patients because those patients can be covered by the Medicaid expansion if states allow it.
Haslam says his concern is the expansion will cost Tennessee $200 million over 6 years.
"It's gotta come from somewhere so is it gonna come from higher ed is it gonna come from K through 12," said Haslam.
Speaking of money, Haslam says the upcoming budget may be his toughest yet.
Haslam says the state will receive several hundred million dollars in new revenue but most of that will be needed for Tenncare.
He believes the extra revenue will attract more budget requests from departments than the state can afford.
"So when that happens everyone lines up and saying finally we've had a tough environment and finally it's my chance to get what we've been wanting," said Haslam.
Wednesday, December 19 2012, 07:54 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.