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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials report that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased by five to 49 cases.

The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at six. That’s according to an update posted on the state Department of Health website. Nationwide the number of cases increased to 170 cases, including 14 deaths in 11 states.

ASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six.

Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39. The cases all stem from steroid injections for back pain and officials say evidence points to contaminated medicine as the cause of the rare disease.

ASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six.

Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39. The cases all stem from steroid injections for back pain and officials say evidence points to contaminated medicine as the cause of the rare disease.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- A new survey suggests schoolyard bullying and violence are a frighteningly common experience. Nearly one student in three was involved in a physical fight within the last year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 33 percent of the nation’s students have been in a physical fight, one or more times in the last twelve months.

Tennessee students fared only marginally better. The CDC says about 31 percent of the state’s high schools students were involved in a fight in the previous year.  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gang-related crimes rose by nearly 25 percent across Tennessee in 2011.

Citing statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessean reports that such crimes have more than doubled since 2005. But the real story isn't necessarily in places like Nashville or Memphis.

Statistics show the state's small towns are becoming incubators of gang violence. The TBI’s Kristin Helm says there’s a couple of reasons for the change.

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