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11:32am

Mon July 23, 2012
Top Stories

Tennesse Student College Loan Debt Relatively Low

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee generally scores poorly on education-related “best of” lists, but there are exceptions. The state fares well when the subject turns to student loan debt.

USA Today notes that total student debt in the U.S. has now passed the $1 trillion mark, for the first time exceeding the nation’s credit-card debt.

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6:44am

Mon July 23, 2012
Opinion

Burriss on Media: Political Ads

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  In case you haven’t noticed, it’s an election year, and if there’s one thing we’ve come to expect, it’s conflicting statements by candidates on almost every issue imaginable. But it isn’t just the candidates who seem dazed and often confused. On the subject of political advertising, the public seems as mystified as well.

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11:56am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Civil War Re-Enactment Invades Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The 1862 Civil War raid on the city of Murfreesboro led by Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest is being reenacted this weekend in the city.

Forrest's raid into Murfreesboro culminated in his acceptance of a Union surrender inside the city's Oaklands Plantation mansion.

Encampments and living history programs are scheduled through Sunday at Oaklands, which is now a museum, and at the Stones River National Battlefield.

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11:52am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Tenn. Political Heavyweight Pushes Health Care Exchanges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Former Senate Majority Leader and Tennessee heart surgeon Bill Frist is calling on states to get going on their health insurance exchanges.

The exchanges are part of the Affordable Care Act and some Republican governors who oppose the law are refusing to set them up.

The Tennessee Republican writes in an opinion piece for The Week magazine that the idea for state exchanges originated with the GOP. He calls them innovative and market-driven.

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7:37am

Fri July 20, 2012
Top Stories

Mid-State Poor Gain Access to Fresh Food

MURFREESBORO,Tenn. (GRIGGS) --Tennesseans getting public food aid can now use their electronic benefit cards to buy locally grown produce at the Rutherford County Farmers Market.

In addition to giving the poor access to fresh food, Rutherford County Extension agent, Janie Becker says, it also opens a new market for growers.

“Increasing purchasing options to our consumers directly helps strengthen our small farm and home businesses that are represented here at the market, so by increasing our local purchasing options it helps both consumer and farmer.”

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