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11:11am

Wed June 27, 2012
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Inventor Hopes to Harness the Mississippi to Generate Power

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A West Tennessee inventor has won a $125,000 grant from the state to develop a water turbine that he says will harness the power of the Mississippi River to generate electricity.

Geoff Greene of Memphis invented a slow-turning turbine that will transfer power into the local electricity grid. Using the grant and private funds, Greene plans to build a prototype to conduct reliability testing in the Mississippi later this summer.

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11:05am

Wed June 27, 2012
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Heat Deaths Feared As Temperatures Rise

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — The sick, elderly, or those who don't have an air conditioner are being urged to take special precautions as temperatures approach 100 degrees and the risk of heat-related deaths rises.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will climb into the triple-digits by Thursday in much of the state. Forecasters say in an advisory that it will feel like a "pressure cooker" here in the Mid-State by Friday.

Middle Tennessee Medical Center ER Doc Kevin Beier suggests when it’s time to seek medical care.

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12:25pm

Tue June 26, 2012
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MTSU Signs Pact with University in Turkey

MTSU photo by J. Intintoli

MURFREESBORO: Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State has signed an agreement that will result in a student exchange between the university and a school in the nation of Turkey.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Dr. Resit Ozkanca of Meliksah University in Kayseri, Turkey, inked the deal Monday in Murfreesboro.

Dr. McPhee says his goal in signing the agreement is to help prepare students to compete in the global market place.

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12:14pm

Tue June 26, 2012
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One in Ten Tennessee Teens Claims Dating Violence

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- A new federal study shows that about one Tennessee teen in ten reports being the victim of dating violence.

According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9 percent of high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt while in a relationship.

Surprisingly, male teens report abuse nearly as often as female students. However, the female population’s domestic violence rate is slightly higher at 10.1 percent. For Tennessee males the rate is 8.7 percent.

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11:45am

Mon June 25, 2012
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Tennessee Keeps Some Pension Promises, Breaks Others

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee has largely kept its state retiree pension promises, making it one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal state pension report.

A new study by the Pew Center on the States says that as of the end of 2010 the fiftey states were $1.38 trillion behind in payments to retiree pension and health care accounts.

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