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11:56am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Graduate Quickly, Earn More Money

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s long been known that college graduates earn more money.  A new  study suggests earning a degree quickly may also pay off in higher earnings.

A new study by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) says that students who earn a degree within four years make more money than those who take longer to finish.

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11:47am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Dems. Say 11,000 Tenn. Voter Histories Altered or Deleted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee state elections officials have agreed to stop purging inactive voters from the rolls until after the November election.

Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese says when the party compared an older voter list with the newly purged list they discovered something odd. 

Puttbrese says the state is required to keep a ten-year-long voting history on file for every Tennessee voter. But after the recent purge, 11,000 voter records had been partially or completely erased. Puttbrese explains why that’s important.

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11:43am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Home-Schooled Athletes Getting Mixed Reception

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Williamson County School Board has voted against allowing home-schooled students to participate in sports on high school teams.

The Tennessean reports that board members discussed the topic for 45 minutes yesterday before voting 8-to-3 against allowing students outside of the county school system to join teams at their area high schools.

Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association spokesman Matthew Gillespie says the Association changed its rules to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports one full year ago.

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7:21am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Burriss on Media: Pentagon Papers

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  This week, back in 1971, 41 years ago, the government and the news media were engaged in a struggle pitting secrecy against the public's right to know. It also involved what was perhaps the government's first successful attempt to force a newspaper to stop publishing.

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12:28pm

Mon June 18, 2012
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Congressional Field Hearing Convenes in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Congressional Field Hearing was conducted Monday in Murfreesboro.  The meeting is an official session of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but none of the committee’s Democrats are in attendance.

Among those who did turn out include Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, along with U.S. Reps. Scott Desjarlais, Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn…all Republicans.

Today’s hearing is entitled "Tennessee Job Creation: Do Federal Government Regulations Help or Hinder Tennessee's Economic Development?"

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