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10:59am

Wed June 25, 2014
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MERS Virus Outbreak Discussed at Mid-State Conference

Credit cdc.gov

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Health professionals from across the nation are in Middle Tennessee for an annual epidemiology conference and the deadly MERS virus is on the agenda.

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists is meeting this week at the Nashville Convention Center. Following word in May of the first U.S. case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, Indiana State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones was asked to speak about her team’s successful effort to contain the virus.

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10:55am

Wed June 25, 2014
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The Year's First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say a Shelby County man is Tennessee's first case of West Nile virus this year.

The county health department and the Tennessee Department of Health disclosed yesterday that a 46-year-old man in Memphis has contracted the mosquito-borne illness.

Last year, 24 people contracted West Nile virus in Tennessee, nine of those in Shelby County. Officials say three cases resulted in death.

State Epedemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says the majority of people who contract the disease won’t even know they have it.

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10:57am

Mon June 23, 2014
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Weather Service: Late Summer May be Hot and Dry

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Summer officially arrived Saturday and the National Weather Service says the mid-state can likely expect a hot, dry, dusty season.

Meteorologist Darrell Massie says an El Nino weather pattern is developing and that may mean the summer months will get drier as the season progresses. He also says the summer will likely be warmer than usual.

“”We’re kind of looking at a drying period with the El Nino that’s starting to set up. They temperatures will be above normal, so we could be looking at some hot, dusty periods perhaps.”

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9:54am

Mon June 23, 2014
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Money Stolen from Tennessee Counties Increases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Tennessee State Comptroller's report has found that the amount of money stolen from Tennessee counties continues to grow.

The Tennessean reports counties began the last fiscal year with more than $560,000 in unrecovered cash shortages. But here at the end of the fiscal year the losses have jumped to well over $750,000.

The losses would have amounted to more than a million dollars, but the counties were able to recover nearly a quarter-million dollars. Some of that came from restitution payments while some came from insurance claims.

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1:45pm

Fri June 20, 2014
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Treasury Dept. to Host College Savings Workshops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Treasury Department is hosting workshops to help parents save money for their children's college tuition.

Starting Saturday, the department will host a series of workshops at different locations around the state to help educate people about the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of the plan, which offers them a way to save money for college while enjoying certain tax advantages.

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