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12:16pm

Wed August 15, 2012
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Documentary Shot in Shelbyville Screened at MTSU

A poster advertising the film "Welcome to Shelbyville."
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A documentary that focuses on immigrant and refugee issues in the Mid-State will be shown Wednesday night on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

The film “Welcome to Shelbyville” explores how Shelbyville residents reacted to an influx of Hispanic and Somali immigrants beginning in 2008.

The Tennessee Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition will host the screening beginning at 7 p.m. at the College of Education. Eben Cathey says the screening will be followed by a conversation.

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11:54am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Tenn. Immigrants Excited About new Federal Program

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s most prominent immigrant rights group say the state’s undocumented population is excited about the launch of a new federal program that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Starting today, young illegal immigrants can apply for a new Homeland Security Department program that lets them stay in the U.S. and get work permits.

Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.

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11:49am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws

A statue of Elvis that stands on famed Beale Street in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans are expected to pay respects to the rock 'n' roll icon during a candlelight vigil at Graceland tonight marking the 35th anniversary of his death.

The vigil is just one of many Elvis Week activities, the annual celebration of Presley's life and career. Jonathan Lyons of the Memphis Visitor’s Bureau says Elvis week accounts for the biggest slice of the $3 billion tourists spend in Shelby County annually.

Lyons says this year’s highlight is a concert that features a virtual Elvis.

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12:41pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Tenn. Gaurdsmen Return Home After Year-Long Deployment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than 300 members of the Tennessee National Guard are coming home this week after a year’s deployment in the Middle East.

Guard officials say over 160 soldiers from the 230th Engineer Battalion are arriving at the Smyrna Airport Tuesday.

National Guard spokesman, Randy Harris, says the troops have been deployed in Kuwait supporting operation New Dawn in Iraq and operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 

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12:33pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Study Puts Numbers to the Voter Photo ID Controversy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study released this week suggests voter fraud is almost non-existent in Tennessee and across the country.

The study was conducted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation.

The study shows that only 14 cases of voter fraud have been alleged in Tennessee in the past 12 years. To date, only five cases have led to convictions.

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