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Tue April 3, 2012
Blair String Quarter Does New Work by Hersch

Tennessee Artists Perform at Carnegie Hall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Artists from Middle Tennessee will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall this week.

The Blair String Quartet from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music will premiere Michael Hersch's Images From a Closed Ward at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall Thursday evening. The program will also include a performance of Schubert's String Quartet No. 14, Death and the Maiden.

American-born composer Michael Hersch is a hot property in the classical music world right now.

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Tue April 3, 2012
Middle Tennesse Temps Highest in the State

Warmest March, Winter on Record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The month just ended was the warmest March on record across Tennessee.

National Weather Service records for Middle Tennessee show the average temperature was more than 11 degrees above normal. Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities were all more than 10 degrees warmer than normal.

That news comes on the heels of Weather Service announcements that the winter just ended was also one of the warmest on record. Jason Wright is Weather Service Senior Meteorologist in Nashville.

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Mon April 2, 2012
Symposium Wednesday on the MTSU Campus

Tennessee's Sex-Trafficking Problem Explored

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A symposium on human trafficking will be held this week here in Middle Tennessee.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State University and will feature a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI released its first ever report on trafficking in Tennessee last year. Margie Quin, Special Agent in Charge, described the numbers as shocking.

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Mon April 2, 2012
Conflict Deserves More Media Attention

Tennessean with Ties to Syria is Frustrated

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The death toll in Syria continues to climb. Three more deaths were reported Monday as the year-old uprising there continues.

There’s a sizeable Syrian refugee population here in Middle Tennessee. They’ve been active in recent months, staging local rallies in support of the Syrian people.

Murfreesboro resident Lema Sbenaty is of Syrian ancestry and has family still living there. Her aunt’s home was badly damaged recently by government shelling.

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Mon April 2, 2012
Police Make No Move to Arrest Protesters

Homeless Advocates Occupy Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Legislative plaza was briefly occupied once again Sunday night, but not by the Occupy Movement.

About 30 homeless advocates slept overnight on the plaza in defiance of a new state law that prohibits camping on state property. Advocates say the law, recently passed by the Tennessee legislature specifically to dislodge occupy protesters from the plaza, makes homelessness a criminal offense.

Lindsey Crank is a divinity student at Vanderbilt University and has worked with Nashville’s homeless for the past five years.

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