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11:44am

Wed November 9, 2011
Nationwide Test Will Run for a Full Three Minutes

Unusual Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Today

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place today.

State and federal authorities are partnering to conduct the test this afternoon at 1 pm Central Standard Time.

The test will be aired simultaneously on every radio and television station across the country, as well as cable and satellite channels.

Today’s test will be unusually long, lasting a full three minutes.

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12:56pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Offered as an Alternative to Rand Paul Legislation

Alexander Proposes Making Clean Air Rules Law

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander
United States Senate

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is offering a bill that would make the EPA's clean air rules governing cross-border air pollution standards into law.

Republican Alexander and Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas are offering the bill as an alternative to a measure up for a vote Thursday.  That bill is being offered by Tea Party favorite Rand Paul.  Paul’s legislation would eliminate the cross-border pollution regulations all together.

Alexander and Pryor have introduced a bill that would convert the EPA rules into law, but give utilities an extra year to implement it.

12:48pm

Tue November 8, 2011
A Significant Improvement Over Previous Year

Tenn. Loses More Manufacturing Jobs

Tennessee lost more than 56 hundred manufacturing jobs over the past year, and that’s actually good news.  The state lost four times that number of industrial jobs in the previous year.

The business directory, the Tennessee Manufacturers Register, says the state lost about 1.5 percent of its manufacturing jobs. The register says Tennessee is now home to just over 7200 manufacturers employing right at 375,ooo thousand workers.

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12:34pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Campbell Currently on Nationwide Farewell Tour

CMA Awards Feature Tribute to Ailing Glen Campbell

Country Music great Glen Campbell's latest album is entitled "Ghosts on the Canvas" and was released back in the summer.
Surfdog Records

Country Music great Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and is currently on a nationwide tour to say goodbye to his fans.

One of the highlights of tomorrows CMA 2011 Awards show in Nashville will be a tribute to Campbell by Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.

The 45th annual CMA awards take place tomorrow evening at Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8 pm.  The show will be carried live nationwide by ABC.

If your daily commute takes you downtown, be aware that several streets will be closed for the CMAs today and tomorrow.

12:35pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Meetings Held in Knxoville, Nashville and Memphis

ACLU-Tennessee Holds Online Privacy Discussions

Nashville, Tenn (AP/WMOT) Online privacy is the subject this week as the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee conducts a series of panel discussions statewide.

ACLU representatives will speak today in Knoxville, tomorrow here in Middle Tennessee and Wednesday in Memphis.

In a news release, the ACLU contends the laws that protect our privacy have not kept pace with social and technological change.

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