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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

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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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10:09am

Thu November 20, 2014
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Animal rights group releases Tenn. slaughterhouse video

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A year after Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant.

The group released a video online Wednesday that it says was taken at a Koch (KUK') Foods slaughterhouse. The video show chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

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11:09am

Wed November 19, 2014
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You're not going to believe what burglars stole from a Murf. home

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro man returned home Monday to discover his home had been burglarized, and you’re not going to believe what was taken.

When Jackson Street resident Juan Morales-Rodriguez got home late Monday night he found that someone had kicked in the backdoor.

The thieves stole a number of items, including power tools and fencing supplies. Morales-Rodriguez told police that, in addition, the thieves had also unhooked and stolen his hot water heater.

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10:40am

Wed November 19, 2014
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Rights group says Tenn. LGBT corporate equality index improving

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A national group that advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights says some of Tennessee’s largest companies scored well on its yearly Corporate Equality Index .

The Human Rights Council bills itself as the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The HRC conducts a yearly workplace equality review of the nation’s largest companies.

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