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12:38pm

Wed March 13, 2013
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UT Will Again Seek Permission for Fracking Project

Credit utk.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  University of Tennessee officials will be back in Nashville this Friday to ask the state for permission to drill for oil in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Forest using a controversial extraction process called fracking.

UT says it wants to conduct research on the fracking process, which involves using explosives to crush oil bearing stone, then using chemicals under pressure to extract the oil.

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11:04am

Tue March 12, 2013
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Coalition to Help Fight Anti-Abortion Amendment

Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, District 13
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Members of a new coalition say they plan to assist with a statewide campaign to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion scheduled to be on the ballot next year.

That amendment would allow the state to enact laws requiring a 48-hour waiting period for abortions and requiring all but first-term abortions to be performed in hospitals.

Members of Healthy and Free Tennessee spoke to reporters at a news conference yesterday. Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Knoxville Democrat, was one of the event’s speakers.

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11:01am

Tue March 12, 2013
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Trial Begins in Case of Newborn Twins Killed

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The trial of a Hendersonville woman charged with murder in the smothering death of her newborn twins got underway Tuesday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Lindsay Lowe told police she hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the boys at home in September, 2011. Police say she then smothered them so her parents wouldn’t hear their cries.

In his opening remarks, District Attorney General Ray Whitley read part of the statement police say Lowe made under questioning.

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6:13am

Mon March 11, 2013
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Tenn. bill would require proof of meningitis shots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee legislators are hoping to help prevent college students from contracting a contagious form of meningitis.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof they've gotten a meningitis shot.

Middle Tennessee State University freshman Jacob Nunley died last year less than 24 hours after contracting meningococcal (meh-NIN'-joh-KAH'-kul) meningitis. It’s a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

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10:59am

Fri March 8, 2013
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Six Tenn. Schools Named to Presidential Honor Roll

Credit whitehouse.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Six Tennessee universities have been named to this year’s presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In total, just over one-hundred universities nation-wide made the list, which recognizes institutions for their commitment to community service.

Middle Tennessee is represented in the list by Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Belmont’s Tim Stewart says more than half of his school’s student body participated in volunteer project this past year.

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