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Thu March 22, 2012
Viral Internet Video Has People Talking

Kony 2012: How Much Do People Really Know?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Frierson) -- The "KONY 2012" viral internet video has people all over the world fired up about rebel atrocities in Uganda, but how much do people really know about the conflict?  WMOT reporter Cortney Frierson spoke with students on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University to find out.


Wed March 21, 2012
Knoxville Named the Allergy Capital

Tennessee is the Nation's Allergy Capital

A single grain of pollen. This year's allergy season started early due to a mild winter.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee is ranked once again as the worst state in the nation for people with allergies.

Three Tennessee communities made the list of the top-ten worst cities for people who suffer from allergies. Knoxville topped the list for the third year in a row. Memphis and Chattanooga also made the top ten while Nashville was ranked 45th.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Mayor Says Amazon Promising 1300 New Jobs

Amazon Breaks Ground in Murfreesboro Thursday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Online retail giant will break ground in Murfreesboro Thursday afternoon on a new distribution center.

State Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracey, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, and Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg are all scheduled to attend.

Amazon has made a significant investment in Tennessee in recent months, including a one million-square-foot operation in the Chattanooga area that employs 1,700 people, and a facility in Bradley County that employs 400.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Bill Fixes Problem with Original Legislation

Proposal Restricts Access to Teacher Evaluations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would restrict public access to Tennessee teacher evaluation data is headed for a full Senate vote.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville.

Tracy says his bill repairs an oversight in the original legislation governing the new system of teacher evaluations.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Chamber of Commerce Opposses Measure

Sponsor Makes Changes to Gun Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — The Republican sponsor of a proposal that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.

Currently, the measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. But Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport says his new proposal will apply only to people with handgun carry permits and contain other exceptions.

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