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10:02am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Tennessee Launches Anti-Sex-Trafficking Campaign

Credit stopsextraffickingintn.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Not exactly light reading, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is placing anti-sex-trafficking posters up in bathroom stalls at rest stops across the state.

It will likely prove effective. State officials say Tennessee Welcome Centers see 12 million visitors a year.

A 2011 TBI study revealed that 80 percent of Tennessee counties had reported cases of human trafficking in the last 24 months; 72 percent of those cases involved the trafficking of children.

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6:19am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Significant Tuition Hikes Likely at State Colleges, Tech Schools

Credit Emily West for WMOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WEST) — Tennessee college students attending classes in the fall could see nearly a 9 percent hike in their tuition.

The Tennessee Board of Regents oversees six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

It's proposing a nearly 7 percent tuition increase for its universities, just under 6 percent for community colleges and 8.5 percent for its technical institutions.

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6:11am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Mid-State Couple in Custody Dispute Seek Adoption

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee foster parents who raised a child for eight years before she was returned to her birth father have filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of the father.

David and Kim Hodgin filed the petition to officially adopt 9-year-old Sonya McCaul on June 6.

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12:16pm

Tue June 17, 2014
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Tennessee Holding Earthquake Response Exercise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-rihd) fault.

The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.

Jeremy Heidt with Tennessee Emergency Management says the state takes the threat the New Madrid fault poses very seriously.

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10:01am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Painful New Virus Symptoms Can Last a Year or More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials confirm that a new mosquito-borne virus has made its way to Tennessee.

The State Department of Health says a West Tennessee resident has tested positive for the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus. State epidemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says Tennesseans traveling to the Caribbean are bringing the virus home with them.

Moncayo says the virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include a high fever and severe joint pain.

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