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12:44pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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Another mid-state DUI checkpoint video goes viral

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second time in as many years, video shot at a Rutherford County police sobriety checkpoint has gone viral and placed the mid-state at the forefront of a national debate concerning constitutional rights.

In July of last year, video shot of a confrontation between a driver and Rutherford County Deputies went viral and has since been viewed on Youtube well over 5 million times.

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11:12am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Mid-state chief addresses militarization of local police departments

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With racial unrest sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, roiling the nation, a mid-state police chief is responding to the issues raised.

Responding to concerns that local law enforcement is becoming too militarized, the Obama Administration is this week is considering new restrictions on the transfer of surplus military hardware to police departments.

This follows heated discussion of whether the Ferguson Police Department’s use of assault-style weapons, tear gas and an armored vehicle during protests and riots was appropriate.

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8:35am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Help for Tennessee's rural poor

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new study says a tax credit helping low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Tennessee.

Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says a Center study suggests the Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty tools.

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12:43pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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Weekend fire nearly destroys Murf. home

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro home is likely a total loss following a weekend fire.

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue responded to a two alarm blaze at 225 Wilson Avenue just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Fire officials say that when the first crew arrived on the scene, they found the home already heavily involved.

Fortunately, no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

It only took 15 minutes to get the fire under control, but officials say 75 percent of the home was damaged and will likely be a total loss.

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12:32pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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World AIDS Day: 16,000 Tennesseans HIV positive

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s World AIDS Day 2014, and state officials say the number of people in Tennessee who are living with H-I-V continues to grow.

Dr. Tim Jones is with the Tennessee Department of Health. He says there are now more than 16-thousand people in the state with the disease, with nearly 900 new cases reported annually.

Jones also says those infected are living longer.

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