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4:29am

Wed January 2, 2013
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US Army Corps to hold public meetings in Tenn, Ky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is planning four public meetings this month in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The meetings will give the public a chance to respond to plans to restrict access to hazardous waters adjacent to Corps locks and dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

The first meeting is set for Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, Ky.; the second is to be held on Jan. 15 in Nashville, Tenn.; the third on Jan. 17 in Baxter, Tenn.; and the final one is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Somerset, Ky.

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7:25am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Proposed bill limits causing lobbyists to scramble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lobbyists are scrambling to nail down sponsors for their clients' key legislative initiatives following House Speaker Beth Harwell's announcement that she wants to impose a cap on how many bills are filed each year.

Under the Nashville Republican's proposal, each lawmaker would be limited to 10 bills each legislative session. That comes out to an average of about two bills each for the more than 500 lobbyists registered to ply their trade at the state Capitol.

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7:19am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Middle Tennessee defeats FIU 69-52

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Jones and Marcus Knight scored 15 points each to pace Middle Tennessee to a 69-52 victory over Florida International Saturday night in Sun Belt Conference action.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Blue Raiders (10-3, 2-0) over FIU (4-7, 1-3).

Middle Tennessee scored the game's first eight points. They led 28-21 at halftime, then outscored FIU 41-31 in the second half to win comfortably.

Jones also took 13 rebounds for a double-double, and Knight just missed one with nine rebounds.

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7:16am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Tenn. roadway fatalities surpass 1,000 in 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has surpassed a thousand highway fatalities for the year, which is a large increase from the drop seen in 2011.

However, safety officials say a messaging campaign helped to keep the number from climbing even higher.

For the first three months of the year, the number of deaths on Tennessee roadways was on track to approach an all-time high, WPLN-FM reports. The Department of Transportation in April put a running tally of the fatalities on 150 digital signs around the state along with public safety messages.

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9:00am

Fri December 28, 2012
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Jobless benefit rolls drop 7 percent with new rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 7 percent of Tennesseans previously receiving jobless benefits have been dropped for failing to verify that they were searching for work.

That's according to an audit by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/VkcRbq).

New rules that went into effect on Sept. 1 require Tennesseans receiving jobless benefits to document at least three job searches a week.

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