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11:05am

Thu July 26, 2012
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Improved Health Noted Among Tenn. Children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A new study finds Tennessee's kids are the healthiest in the South.

According to The Tennessean, the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count evaluation placed Tennessee 16th in the nation in children's well-being.

Linda O’Neal directs the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. She says Tennessee kids enjoyed a significant improvement in health over the past year.

“Tennessee’s rank this year was 36. We were 39th last year. We were especially pleased to see improvements in health indicators.”

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10:58am

Thu July 26, 2012
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Tenn. GOP Resists Calls to Reign in Rhetoric

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Tennessee’s Republicans are resisting calls to reign in conservatives on the party’s right flank.

Stories this week in Tennessee’s two largest newspapers, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis and the Tennessean here in the Mid-State, call into question comments made recently by county-level GOP officials concerning gays and Muslims.

At the national level, Republican Party leadership spoke out forcefully this week against similar comments made by Congresswoman Michelle Bachman.

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10:53am

Thu July 26, 2012
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Attorney Says Mosque Opponents Were "Robbed"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The plaintiff’s attorney leading the two year-long court battle to stop construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro has issued a scathing appraisal of federal involvement in the case.

Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. says his clients have been “robbed,” a word the lawyer says he uses "very intentionally." He notes that plaintiffs won their case in Rutherford County Chancery Court, only to have the decision voided in federal court.

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12:21pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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Impact of U.N. Treaty Debated in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s Senate delegation is expressing concern about a proposed United Nations treaty being debated this week in New York.

The proposed treaty would seek to regulate the sale and transfer of arms between nations. The treaty is intended to reign in the sale of the weapons that fuel armed conflicts worldwide.

Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander have both announced their opposition to the treaty. Alexander expressed his concerns in a recently posted YouTube video.

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12:18pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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Tennessee's Liberal Medical Licensing Praised

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The founder of the Knoxville-based charity Remote Area Medical (RAM) says he wishes more states had Tennessee’s liberal medical licensing laws.

Stan Brock says RAM has treated more than half-a-million patients since 1992, but it could serve even more if state laws were changed.

Brock formed RAM initially to provide free medical care in poor communities overseas. He discovered a similar need locally when an East Tennessee county asked him to arrange free care for local residents. The county’s only hospital had just closed.

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