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12:41pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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Humane Society Disapointed in Horse Soring Sentence

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a Tennessee walking horse trainer caught abusing horses in an undercover video to three years' probation and fined him $75,000.

The video, shot by informants for the Humane Society, shows Jackie McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand.

The process is called soring and is used to enhance the horses' high-stepping gait.

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11:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
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Nashville Symphony Debuts Piece Built Around Maya Angelou Poems

Soprano Angel Brown
Nashville Symphony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The work of three celebrated artists intersect in Nashville Thursday evening.

The Nashville Symphony will feature a work that combines the poetry of Maya Angelou, the music of composer Richard Danielpour and the voice of soprano Angela Brown.

Brown and Danielpour have worked together in the past and Brown says she’s happy to be doing so again.

“His music is like the American quilt of music. You find jazz, you find gospel, you find classical; you find a lot of things that pull on the heart-strings of American music.”

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12:37pm

Fri September 7, 2012
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Tennessee Colleges Adjust to New Funding Formula

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Anfinson) -- Record numbers of college freshmen are enrolled at state schools across Tennessee, but a legislative change in arithmetic means a new economy of results will replace the long-used economy of scale.

Enrollment at TBR colleges rose over 26 percent between 2001 and 2011. Prior to recent legislation, public funding was tied to student enrollment, but passage of the Complete College Tennessee Act changes that calculus.  State appropriation is now based on retention and graduation rates rather than the number of students.

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6:41am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Matheny Drops Challege to Harwell's Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Judd Matheny tells The Associated Press he is no longer considering a challenge to fellow Republican Beth Harwell for House speaker next year.

Matheny announced last month that he was looking into a bid for the top post in the 99-member House because he felt marginalized by other Republican leaders.

Now Matheny says he’ll seek another term in his current position as House speaker pro tempore instead. Besides speaker, it is the only post elected by the entire lower chamber of the General Assembly.

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6:36am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Political Whodunit Puts Spotlight on Williamson County

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A political whodunit has the national media focused on Williamson County.

The Secret Service was in Franklin Thursday investigating claims that someone burglarized a PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting office there and stole two decades' worth of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.

Authorities are studying computer thumb drives that were delivered with an unusual demand: a $1 million payment in hard-to-trace "Bitcoin" internet currency.

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