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11:18am

Tue December 16, 2014
Top Stories

Three days, three armed robberies in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There’s been a string of armed robberies in Murfreesboro in the past few days.

Police say that JD’s Market on Maney Ave. was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. The clerk told police the robber was wearing all black and had his hands and face covered.

On Sunday, three different residents at the University Ridge Apartments near Middle Tennessee State were robbed minutes apart at gunpoint. In two cases the robbers forced their way into the resident’s home.

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9:48am

Tue December 16, 2014
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Report: Tenn. sacrificing the "health of its children"

Credit tobaccofreekids.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A new report chides Tennessee for spending a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars it receives in tobacco settlement money on smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Tennessee will receive just over $403 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but the state will spend just $5 million on smoking cessation.

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11:11am

Mon December 15, 2014
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Nashville officer wounded, teen killed in exchange of gunfire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nashville SWAT Team member was wounded and a teenaged robbery suspect killed in a confrontation with police.

WTVF reports that 16-year-old Xavier McDonald died in the exchange of gunfire. Forty-two year old veteran officer John Downs was shot in the leg near the groin.

Metro Police say they responded to a robbery call at around 7 p.m. last night. A man reported being robbed in the parking lot of a condo complex in the Nashboro Village area.

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11:06am

Mon December 15, 2014
Politics

Gov. Haslam strikes deal with feds to expand Medicaid

Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Chrissy Haslam.
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s reached a deal with federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

The Republican governor announced the agreement this morning after months of discussions with federal authorities.

Called Insure Tennessee, the program will provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans. Under the plan, members would receive a voucher to purchase insurance in the private market.

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10:54am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Will the mid-state see $2 gas by the end of this week?

Credit fuelgaugereport.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fuel price analyst with AAA says the mid-state could see $2 gas by the end of the week.

As of this morning the average price in Tennessee for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline stands at $2.37, that’s 17 cents below the national average.

There are about 20 stations in the Murfreesboro area selling a gallon of unleaded for less than $2.20.

AAA fuel analyst Mark Jenkins says enjoy the lower prices while they last. Analysts are divided on where oil prices are headed next.

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