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12:56pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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State Agency to Haslam: Do more for poor kids

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A state agency is calling on Governor Haslam and the State Legislature to spend more on Tennessee’s children.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth cites data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report to suggest more needs to be done for Tennessee’s under-five children. Agency Commissioner Linda O’Neal is calling for three changes.

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12:50pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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Police say Murf. banker stole thousands of dollars from customers

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A banker working out of a Sun Trust branch in Murfreesboro is facing charges that she stole tens-of-thousands of dollars from customer accounts.

The Tennessee Bureau Investigation says it began investigating 43-year-old Conni Vongphakdy back in June. She was working at the time as a “personal banker” in the East Main Street branch of Sun Trust Bank.

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12:44pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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Another mid-state DUI checkpoint video goes viral

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second time in as many years, video shot at a Rutherford County police sobriety checkpoint has gone viral and placed the mid-state at the forefront of a national debate concerning constitutional rights.

In July of last year, video shot of a confrontation between a driver and Rutherford County Deputies went viral and has since been viewed on Youtube well over 5 million times.

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11:12am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Mid-state chief addresses militarization of local police departments

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With racial unrest sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, roiling the nation, a mid-state police chief is responding to the issues raised.

Responding to concerns that local law enforcement is becoming too militarized, the Obama Administration is this week is considering new restrictions on the transfer of surplus military hardware to police departments.

This follows heated discussion of whether the Ferguson Police Department’s use of assault-style weapons, tear gas and an armored vehicle during protests and riots was appropriate.

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8:35am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Help for Tennessee's rural poor

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new study says a tax credit helping low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Tennessee.

Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says a Center study suggests the Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty tools.

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