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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group opposing the United Auto Workers union has qualified for the bottom tier of a labor policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

The German automaker announced to workers Monday that independent auditors had verified that the American Council of Employees had met the minimum threshold of 15 percent of workers to qualify. The group's leaders played prominent roles in the narrow defeat of the UAW in a union vote last year.

How much higher will mid-state gas prices climb?

Feb 12, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Gasoline prices are rising again and fuel analysts with AAA say they may rise still higher.

AAA says the average price for unleaded gas has risen 8 cents in the past week and stands today at $2.10 a gallon.

Fuel analyst Stephanie Milani says there are several reasons for the change in direction. She says crude oil prices finally bottomed out and have risen slightly. She also says demand across the U.S. is up just a bit.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-State consumers say they intend to scale back their purchases slightly in the coming months, but the latest Middle Tennessee Consumer Survey shows consumer sentiment remains high.

Dr. Tim Graeff conducts the MTSU quarterly consumer survey. The poll was conducted this past week with just over 300 residents in Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford counties.

Overall confidence ticked down seven points from the end of 2014, but Graeff says consumer sentiment remains above 300 points, a high mark it last reached in 2007.

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.