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1:12pm

Thu October 25, 2012
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Heavy Turnouts Reported for Early Voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee election officials report that nearly 605,000 people have cast ballots as the state's early voting period hits its halfway mark.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says the early voting turnout so far as high.

In Rutherford County, Elections Coordinator Nicole Lester reports a heavy turnout as well. As of Thursday morning, right at 30,000 voters have already cast ballots.

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10:14am

Thu October 25, 2012
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Tenn. Native American Indian Assoc. to Build Cultural Center

Inter-Tribal dancers at the 2012 NAIA Pow-Wow
Credit Photo courtesy of Erin, Anfinson

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (Anfinson) -- The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee is making plans to break ground on a new cultural center here in the mid-state.

This past week, the NAIA hosted its annual Pow-Wow and Fall Festival. It's a colorful celebration of Native American culture and the organization's largest fundraiser.

Pulsating drums and song resonate throughout the day. Inter-Tribal dancers decorated in feathers and beadwork move like crimson and gold-flecked birds against the blue sky. It's quite an atmosphere.

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2:33pm

Wed October 24, 2012
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Vandy Researcher Defends Political Attack Ads

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you find yourself punching the mute button on your TV remote every time a political attack-ad comes on, a Vanderbilt researcher wants you to know they do serve a useful purpose.

Dr. John Greer, Chairman of the Vanderbilt Political Science Department, delivered a lecture here on the Middle Tennessee State Campus yesterday concerning his attack-ad research.

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12:53pm

Wed October 24, 2012
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Meningitis Outbreak Update: October 24, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the number of people sickened by fungal meningitis and other diseases after receiving steroid injections has risen to 70.

Yesterday, the pharmacist who co-founded the Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak voluntarily surrendered his license in Tennessee.

The state pharmacy board accepted the agreement by Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, to give up his license to practice pharmacy in Tennessee. The company surrendered its license last week.

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12:43pm

Wed October 24, 2012
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"Paycheck to Patriots" Job Fairs Held Statewide Thursday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee is partnering with several of the state’s biggest employers to connect veterans with jobs.

The Paycheck to Patriots initiative will host job fairs in 13 locations all around the state Thursday. The Tennessee Career Center in Tullahoma will host the mid-state job fair beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m.

Dollar General Vice President Bob Ravener is a Navy veteran, and says he knows from first-hand experience that vets bring a lot to the table.

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