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12:11pm

Mon April 30, 2012
261 Hate Crimes Recorded Statewide

Hate Crimes in Tennessee Up Dramatically in 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hate crimes in Tennessee jumped in 2011, rising 51 percent above 2010 levels.

According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation there were 261 recorded hate crimes last year.

Hate crime statistics tend to fluctuate a lot from year to year. There were 426 in 2008, 243 in 2009 and 173 in 2010.

Here in Middle Tennessee, hate crimes were reported in the cities of Clarksville, Manchester, Gallatin, Lebanon, Nashville and Spring Hill.

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11:44am

Mon April 30, 2012
Governor Bill Haslam Attends Ceremony

MTSU Breaks Ground on New Science Building

MTSU groundbreaking group: Let the work begin! Dignitaries jubilantly toss the ceremonial first shovels of dirt for MTSU's long-awaited new Science Building on campus May 3.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University broke ground on its new $147 million dollar science building Thursday afternoon.

Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker of the Tennessee House, Beth Harwell, and a large delegation of state legislators joined MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee in turning ceremonial shovels of dirt on the construction site.

MTSU’s enrollment has more than quadrupled in the years since the school’s current science buildings were constructed. The new building has been at the top of Tennessee higher education’s wish list for years.

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2:34pm

Wed April 25, 2012
World Malaria Day Celebrated Today

TVA's Role in Eradicating Malaria

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  On this sixth annual World Malaria Day, a Tennessee historian recalls the little remembered connection between the deadly disease and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Few Americans remember that malaria was once common in the U.S., or that the TVA played a crucial role in eradicating the mosquito-borne disease.

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2:10pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Obama, Romney Both Support Relief Bill

Student Loan Interest Could Double

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a bill this week that will keep interest rates from rising for millions of students with federal loans. Republicans are balking at a tax boost Democrats want to use to pay for it.

Senator Harry Reid unveiled the nearly $6 billion proposal yesterday after it was endorsed by both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney.

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12:33pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Case Opens Wednesday Morning in Murfreesboro

Mosque Construction Continues as Court Case Looms

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Mosque case returns to the Rutherford County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

Plaintiffs are asking Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew to rescind a building permit awarded nearly two years ago by the county for the construction of a new mosque on Veals Road.

Construction is well underway on the Islamic Center’s new facility. Mosque spokesman Saleh Sbenaty gave WMOT a tour of the construction site Monday. The walls and roof are essentially complete and workmen are now starting on the building’s interior.

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