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12:07pm

Thu February 7, 2013
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Confederate Past: Uproar Over Changing Park Names

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The legacy of onetime Confederate cavalryman and slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest has sparked new controversy here in Tennessee that spans from Memphis to the state capital building.

The Memphis City Council this week fast-tracked efforts to rename the city’s Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, where a statue of Forrest stands and where the general is buried.

Reporter Eleanor Boudreau of public radio station WKNO in Memphis the council’s vote came in reaction to moves here in Nashville.

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11:56am

Thu February 7, 2013
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Emancipation Proclomation to Go on Display in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennesseans have a unique opportunity to see two of the nation’s most important documents next week.

The original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment are touring the nation and will go on display at the Tennessee State Museum for six days beginning Tuesday.

The Museum is recommending people wanting to view the documents make reservations. Museum spokesperson Mary Skinner says that at stops in Detroit and Houston, so many people turned out to see the two documents, some had to be turned away.

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12:46pm

Wed February 6, 2013
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MTSU Student Struck, Killed on N. Rutherford Blvd.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A student at Middle Tennessee State University was struck and killed while crossing a Murfreesboro street Tuesday night.

A university official confirms that 20 year-old student Timothy R. Martin of Mt. Juliet was the person Murfreesboro Police say was struck on N. Rutherford Blvd at about 8:20 p.m.

Police say Martin was walking his bicycle across Rutherford when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Bejamin Conley of Murfreesboro.

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12:40pm

Wed February 6, 2013
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Tenn. Lawmaker Intent on Ending Affirmative Action

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Republican State Senator Jim Summerville of Dickson has introduced a series of bills that would effectively end affirmative action in Tennessee.

WMOT’s reporting partners at Sidelines newspaper are out with an in-depth look at the legislation Wednesday in a piece written jointly by reporters Quint Qualls and Sinclaire Sparkman.

Qualls spoke to WMOT News about the story. Use the streaming audio bar above to hear his comments.

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11:01am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Embattled DCS Commissioner O'Day Resigns

Former Commissioner O'Day
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Nashville, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has resigned amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling it cases.

It was revealed recently that an alarming number of children had died in 2012 while either in DCS custody or the subject of DCS abuse investigations.

Gov. Haslam announced O'Day’s resignation this morning with a press release. Just last week, the Republican governor had defended O'Day's leadership.

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