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5:28pm

Wed June 13, 2012
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Judge Blocks Occupancy Certificate for New Mosque

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will be allowed to continue construction of its new mosque, but may not be allowed to use the building once it’s complete.

Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew last month voided construction approval for the mosque, saying the county didn’t provide proper notice for the meeting where it was approved.

However, county officials have not acted to stop mosque construction. At a hearing yesterday, plaintiffs asked presiding judge Robert Corlew to order county officials to do so.

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5:13pm

Wed June 13, 2012
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Police Ask for Help Identifying Assault Suspect

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with an assault that took place in February at a MTSU fraternity party.

In a statement to police, 24 year-old Fayetteville, Tenn., resident Logan William Horton says that early on the morning of February 19 he was assaulted while attending a party at the Middle Tennessee State University chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

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12:04pm

Wed June 13, 2012
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More College Tuition Hikes Likely on the Way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University students in Tennessee are likely facing still more tuition increases.

The finance committee of the state Board of Regents met Tuesday and unanimously recommended increases at its six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers.

The proposed hikes vary in size, with East Tennessee State University seeing the highest increase at 7.2 percent. Austin Peay made the smallest request at 3.4 percent.

Students here at Middle Tennessee State University would see a 6.8 percent tuition increase if the plan is approved.

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11:55am

Wed June 13, 2012
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Tennessee Named a Top State for Economic Development

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee is ranked one of the top states in the country for economic development, according to a national publication.

Area Development magazine picked the state for a 2012 Gold Shovel Award, along with Texas, South Carolina and Utah. The award goes annually to states that have achieved major success in job creation and economic impact. Tennessee also received the award in 2009.

Geraldine Gambale is the magazine’s editor. She says the award will put Tennessee on industry’s radar.

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11:50am

Wed June 13, 2012
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Anti-Muslim Group Attacks Tenn. Economic Official

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group that has attacked the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro is now taking aim at a recent hire by Gov. Bill Haslam based on her religion.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/Mrtu2Q ) the Center for Security Policy and the 8th District Tea Party Coalition have urged their members to put pressure on the state to dump Samar Ali, an attorney appointed last month as the new international director for the state's Economic and Community Development office.

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