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Thursday, May 2nd

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From WRCB Channel 3..

Tennessee lawmakers have wrapped up their work on a voucher-style bill, punctuated by a Senate debate over projected costs and provisions that could make students from families who are in the country illegally ineligible.

Close House and Senate votes Tuesday offer freshman Republican Gov. Bill Lee the chance to sign his most contentious policy proposal to date.

The GOP-supermajority House and Senate on Wednesday passed a negotiated version of the bill that would increase the amount of public dollars that can pay for private tuition and other expenses.

The main framework of the bill remains the same: Families in certain schools districts could receive up to $7,300 in state funds to spend on private tuition.

However, the latest version only allows the program to take place in Shelby and Davidson counties. The bill had originally applied to more areas. Home schooling also would no longer be covered.

The latest fiscal analysis estimates the bill will cost more than $335 million over the next five years.

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

The Tennessee Department of Health now says five cases of measles have been confirmed in Tennessee as of May 1.

Three of the five cases were confirmed by the Tennessee Department of Health State Public Health Laboratory Monday. These two cases are associated with the first measles case in Tennessee this year which was announced April 18 and were identified as part of the ongoing investigation.

TDH is providing information about measles and how to prevent it online. This page includes the number of measles cases in the state this year, which will be updated daily by 3 p.m. Central time if additional cases are confirmed.

From NewsChannel 9…

Athens City Police say a woman will face assault charges after an incident that put a school on lockdown Wednesday.

According to police, a woman walked into the lobby of North City Elementary School, pacing and “acting erratically.”

Athens Police say she was screaming loudly and calling for help, and when a staff member tried to talk with her, officers say she tried to force her way into the secure area of the school where students and classrooms are located. Several staff members struggled to keep her from entering, as another staff member called police.

Athens Police Officer Randy Queen arrived on scene about a minute after being dispatched, and along with several other officers took the suspect, Tashea Gordon, into custody.

Police say during the struggle, several staff members received minor injuries.

Gordon was taken to a nearby hospital, and police say after she is released she will be booked into McMinn County Jail on three counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

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