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Fri April 5, 2013
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Man Arrested Trying to Enter Almaville Girl's Home

Harry John Leschen, 46, McEwen, Tenn.
Credit Rutherford County Sheriff

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A 46 year-old McEwen man has been charged with statutory rape after he was arrested trying to enter the home of an Almaville girl.

According to detectives with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, Harry John Leschen met the underage teen two months ago in an internet chat room. Officials say the two began a sexual relationship about two weeks ago.

Police say Leschen was meeting the girl in her Almaville home, initially while her parents were away, but more recently at night while the parents were asleep.

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Thu April 4, 2013
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Bill Linking Welfare to School Progress Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House committee has approved a measure linking welfare benefits to student performance a day after Gov. Haslam expressed serious reservations about the measure.

The House Health Committee Wednesday voted to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah.

The measure would cut a family’s welfare benefits if a child fails to "maintain satisfactory academic progress."

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Thu April 4, 2013
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Crime on Tennessee Campuses Goes Down

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Crime on Tennessee's college campuses has dropped slightly, but a new report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of assaults increased at the state's institutions of higher learning.

The TBI report shows that crime on campus decreased overall by about four percent between 2011 and 2012, but assaults increased by nearly 14 percent over the same period.

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Mon April 1, 2013
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Student Self-Defense Bill Edges Toward Approval

Rep. Terry Lynn Weaver, Lancaster

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A bill that would allow students in the state’s public schools to defend themselves if attacked is up for consideration Monday in the Tennessee House.

Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster introduced the bill. She says current zero-tolerance policies mean every student involved in an on campus altercation faces expulsion. Weaver says her measure would allow students to defend themselves, or step in to help another student being assaulted.

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Fri March 29, 2013
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Interest on Federal Student Loans Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans.

The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.

Lawmakers passed a bill postponing the rate increase last year, but Megan McClean of the Washington based National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says she’s not hearing any buzz on Capitol Hill about passing another extension.

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