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11:56am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Civil War Re-Enactment Invades Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The 1862 Civil War raid on the city of Murfreesboro led by Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest is being reenacted this weekend in the city.

Forrest's raid into Murfreesboro culminated in his acceptance of a Union surrender inside the city's Oaklands Plantation mansion.

Encampments and living history programs are scheduled through Sunday at Oaklands, which is now a museum, and at the Stones River National Battlefield.

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11:52am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Tenn. Political Heavyweight Pushes Health Care Exchanges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Former Senate Majority Leader and Tennessee heart surgeon Bill Frist is calling on states to get going on their health insurance exchanges.

The exchanges are part of the Affordable Care Act and some Republican governors who oppose the law are refusing to set them up.

The Tennessee Republican writes in an opinion piece for The Week magazine that the idea for state exchanges originated with the GOP. He calls them innovative and market-driven.

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7:37am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Mid-State Poor Gain Access to Fresh Food

MURFREESBORO,Tenn. (GRIGGS) --Tennesseans getting public food aid can now use their electronic benefit cards to buy locally grown produce at the Rutherford County Farmers Market.

In addition to giving the poor access to fresh food, Rutherford County Extension agent, Janie Becker says, it also opens a new market for growers.

“Increasing purchasing options to our consumers directly helps strengthen our small farm and home businesses that are represented here at the market, so by increasing our local purchasing options it helps both consumer and farmer.”

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12:20pm

Thu July 19, 2012
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School Year Begins with New Round of Tuition Hikes

MURFREESBORO, Tenn, (ANFINSON)  --  Students on college campuses across Tennessee are bracing for yet another tuition hike. The Tennessee Board of Regents voted recently to increase tuition at all of its institutions, including a 6.8 percent increase at Middle Tennessee State.

Students attending schools in the University of Tennessee system will also face sharp hikes.

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5:27am

Thu July 19, 2012
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Spokesman Says Mosque Likely Not Ready for Start of Ramadan

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is nearing completion.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A spokesman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro now says congregants likely will not get to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan in their new mosque.

The Center’s leadership filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nashville yesterday, asking that a chancery court order denying them occupancy of the new building be lifted immediately.  That order was granted yesterday evening.

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