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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  Hard to believe we’re still worried about this so late in the year, but the Tennessee State Veterinarian is warning horse owners to protect their animals against mosquito borne Equine Encephalitis.

 

Dr. Charlie Hatcher says horses are also vulnerable to West Nile Virus. Cases of both have been seen this year in West Tennessee.

 

  What should you watch for? Hatcher says be on the lookout for “Lethargy...wobbling and circling, and in some severe cases a horse could get down and be unable to rise.”

 

Bloomberg Technology

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute are leading a year-long effort with Nashville and nine other cities around the world to accelerate their efforts to prepare for the arrival of self-driving cars.

USDA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Here's a heads-up for mid-state horse owners: a rare case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis has caused the death of a West Tennessee horse.

The State Department of Agriculture says this is the first case of the deadly disease it’s seen in Tennessee since 2009. State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher says the illness is fatal to horses in 75 to 90 percent of cases.

In a conversation with WMOT, Dr. Hatcher listed symptoms horse owners should be on the lookout for.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee children will be heading back to school soon, but officials say some are turned away every year because their parents failed to get them the required immunizations.

Dr. Kelly Moore with the Tennessee Department of Health says children attending school for the first time are required to present an Immunization Certificate. She says students enrolling in seventh grade and in college could also be turned away if they don’t get the right booster shots.

arkencounter.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Noah's Ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky.

The long-awaited Ark Encounter theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this week. The Christian group behind the 510 foot-long wooden ark says it will demonstrate that the stories of the Bible are true.

Its construction has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education.

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