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As the Tennessee General Assembly continues its 109th session, local university women will be learning how to persuade their lawmakers.

“Tips of the Trade: Lobbying the Hill and the Congressional Delegation” is the theme of the next meeting of the Murfreesboro Branch of the American Association of University Women from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 101 of MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building.

Joyce McDaniel and Jane Grigor Ferrell, founding partners of The Ferrell-McDaniel Company in Nashville, will deliver the presentation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 6.6 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said the November rate was 6.8 percent.

The national rate for December was 5.6 percent, also a two-tenths drop from the prior month.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 12,500 jobs from November to December.

The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing, and mining/logging/construction.

Daily campus tours at MTSU will resume Monday, Jan. 12, for prospective students and their families.

Campus tours, which are administered by the Office of Admissions, give potential MTSU students, their parents and family members an opportunity to explore campus through a walking tour led by a Blue Elite member (a current student) and participate in an information session with an admissions representative.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fuel price analyst with AAA says the mid-state could see $2 gas by the end of the week.

As of this morning the average price in Tennessee for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline stands at $2.37, that’s 17 cents below the national average.

There are about 20 stations in the Murfreesboro area selling a gallon of unleaded for less than $2.20.

AAA fuel analyst Mark Jenkins says enjoy the lower prices while they last. Analysts are divided on where oil prices are headed next.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama's health insurance program faces another big deadline today.

Tonight at 2 a.m. Central Time is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect Jan. 1.

For current customers, it's the deadline to make changes that could reduce expected premium increases ahead of the New Year.