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10:33am

Fri July 13, 2012
Top Stories

Murf. Panhandlers Stir Up Controversy, Concern

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Controversial comments made by a Murfreesboro firefighter are causing local officials to ask their own questions about the recent rise in panhandling on city streets.

The Daily News Journal ran a story this week on posts by firefighter Gregory Burt. Burt reportedly complained about a street-corner beggar that he claims really is not in need.

Now some Murfreesboro city commissioners and Mayor Tommy Bragg are also voicing concerns about beggars at the city’s busiest intersections.

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9:33am

Fri July 13, 2012
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Redistricting May Cause Voting Problems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Early voting starts Friday for next month's primary.

Some Middle Tennessee voters may face challenges because of recent redistricting. Officials say they’re making every effort to direct voters to the right poling stations.

Rutherford County Elections Administrator Nicole Lester says she’s sent a mailing out to more than 130,000 registered voters explaining the changes. She encourages residents to read the information carefully.

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5:32am

Fri July 13, 2012
Opinion

Burriss on Media: Archived Media

Dr. Larry Burriss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  How many of you still have, and use, 8-track tapes? What about 5-and-a-quarter-inch floppy discs? Zip drives? Perhaps a more important question is, what did you do when those media forms fell out of favor and you had to start using a new format? Did you convert your old media or buy all new?

But now we have to ask, “how stable are new media formats?” Ask a dozen people about the stability of optical discs or USB drives, and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Even the experts are divided on the question.

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12:08pm

Thu July 12, 2012
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Tennesseans Get Chance to Comment on Health Care

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  In spite of his opposition to federal health care reforms, Governor Haslam appears to be moving forward with preparations to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says she’s preparing to conduct a series of health care public comment sessions state-wide. McPeak will take input from residents on what essential health benefits should be made mandatory for health policies sold in Tennessee.

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11:57am

Thu July 12, 2012
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Atheist Lobbying Group to Open Tennessee Chapter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A national atheist lobbying group is preparing to open a state chapter in Tennessee.

The Secular Coalition for America announced its intention earlier this week to organize a Tennessee chapter aimed at lobbying state lawmakers on issues involving the separation of church and state.

Edwina Rogers, the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based coalition, says there’s been a lot of interest from Tennesseans in organizing a state chapter.

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