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11:13am

Mon November 24, 2014
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Murf. police report a rash of aggravated burglaries

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A rash of home, business, and auto burglaries made for a tough weekend for Murfreesboro property owners.

Murfreesboro Police report nine cases of Aggravated Burglary between Friday and Sunday. There were also seven cases of auto burglaries and one case of vehicle theft.

In a pair of incidents at an apartment complex on Warrior Drive, burglars gained access to a crawl space and broke into two neighboring apartments through their bathroom ceilings. The apartment owners claimed combined losses topping $8000 in that incident alone.

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10:15am

Fri November 21, 2014
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Report: 29,000 Tenn. children experienced homelessness las year

Credit familyhomelessness.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report suggests Tennessee has one of the worst records for child homelessness in the nation.

A study compiled from recent federal data by the National Center for Family Homelessness ranks Tennessee 41st in the nation for child homelessness. Tennessee ranks ahead of Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, but behind Georgia and South Carolina.

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9:11am

Fri November 21, 2014
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A new complication in the Vanderbilt rape trials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended one of the defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt rape case.

Media report John Herbison was suspended Thursday after three complaints alleging misconduct.

Herbison is part of the defense team representing Brandon Vandenburg, who is one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a woman in a campus dorm. Vandenburg's trial is set to begin Jan. 12.

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10:54am

Thu November 20, 2014
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MTSU folklorist looks at snake-handling churches

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’ve ever wondered what might possess anyone to attend a church service where snake handling is practiced, here’s your chance to find out.

Middle Tennessee State folklorist Patricia Gaitely has been spending a lot of time in snake handling church services lately and will be share her insights Thursday night during an on-campus presentation.

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10:36am

Thu November 20, 2014
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Tenn. premature birth rate edges back up

Credit tn.gov/education/early_learning/TEIS_parents.shtml

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNNS)  --  After dropping for six years in a row, the number of babies delivered prematurely in Tennessee inched back up in 2013.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death. Babies who survive often face the risk of serious and sometimes lifelong health issues. Phil Toothman with the Tennessee March of Dimes says that's why every extra day in the womb is important.

"There's a lot of lung, heart and brain development that happens between 34 and 39 weeks that people just don't know about. So it's very important."

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