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5:05pm

Tue March 20, 2012
State Will Verify Search Information

New Strings on Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn  (AP) — The state Department of Labor is warning the 56,000 Tennesseans currently receiving unemployment benefits will soon be required to prove they’re looking for work.

The state is preparing to implement new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tennessee Department of Labor spokesman Jeff Hentschel explained the new requirements, saying...

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4:46pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Group Seeks Input on Medicare, Social Security

AARP Holding Town Meetings Statewide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The AARP will host town hall meetings across the state to give Tennesseans a chance to provide input on the future of Medicare and Social Security.

Meetings are planned for Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson on April 4, and in Memphis on April 5.

According to AARP, a new survey finds that most Americans believe lawmakers in Washington are making too many decisions about Medicare and Social Security behind closed doors and not listening to the public.

Karin Miller is an AARP spokesperson.

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11:51am

Tue March 20, 2012
Author, Journalist, Documentary Film-Maker

Junger Speaks About War-Time Reporting at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Best-selling author, journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger was on the Middle Tennessee State campus
Tuesday to talk about his wartime reporting.

Junger is the acclaimed author of the book “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture. But he's also an accomplished journalist and filmmaker best-known for the war documentary "Restrepo."

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2:42pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Both Events are Open to the Public

Sebastian Junger & Marlee Matlin Visit Middle Tenn.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Best-selling author, journalist and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger and Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin will both speak here on the Middle Tennessee State campus this week.

Junger is perhaps best known as the author of the book “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture. Junger is also an accomplished journalist and filmmaker known for the war documentary "Restrepo."

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2:36pm

Mon March 19, 2012
APA Calls Tennessee "Model" State

Tenn. Graduation Rates Climbing Quickly

WASHINGTON, DC.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee is improving its high-school graduation rate faster than any state but Texas, according to a new report.

The report is being presented today in Washington at the Grad Nation Summit organized by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance (APA).  The group was founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

From 2001 to 2009, graduation rates increased in the United States by three-and-a-half percentage points. Over the same period, Tennessee’s graduation rate increased by about 16 percent.

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