MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second time in three months the Victoria’s Secret store on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro has been targeted by a gang of grab and run shoplifters.

Murfreesboro Police say four black females entered the store Monday and milled around the front of the store. They then grabbed up several items and bolted for the door.

The store manager tells police that about $4500 worth of clothing was stolen. She reports the women left in Chrylser Pacifica with a temporary tag. The incident was caught on video.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The suicide death of a 14-year-old LaVergne girl in September after her family says she was bullied is adding poignancy to the mid-state release of a new documentary film on the subject.

Much of the film “Hear Me Now” was shot here in Middle Tennessee and will debut at the Belcourt Theatre November 3, 2015.   Nashville resident and documentarian Bill Cornelius says he was bullied as a child and has always wanted to find a constructive way to address the problem. He says today’s children face an even bigger challenge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Fire departments across Tennessee will be distributing and installing free smoke alarms this weekend.

It’s part of the state’s annual effort to raise fire safety awareness. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says it’s placed 88,000 free alarms in Tennessee homes in the last three years.

Spokesman Kevin Walters says the Fire Marshall is trying to get at least one alarm in every home, but recommends an alarm in every bedroom. He notes that sleep is a factor in nearly one-third of fire deaths.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state congressional representative Marsha Blackburn is panning the Obama Administration's plans to accept more refugees from war-torn Syria.

Blackburn voiced her concerns Tuesday in Washington from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Blackburn says she sees the refugees as a possible security threat.

“How can we verify that these refugees do not present a threat to our national security? Syria has proven to be a fertile recruiting ground for Islamic extremists and terrorists.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by Republican lawmakers to dial back the state's emissions testing program, which currently applies only in six of the state's 95 counties.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.

The Republican governor spoke to a conference of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

He urged the members, many of whom were local government officials, to explain to people in their communities that something needs to be done to tackle the state's $6 billion backlog.

The governor has suggested a gas tax increase, which has been met with resistance from members of his own party.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after receiving a photo of what appears to be a mountain lion in Obion County near the Kentucky border.

A statement from the agency says the photo was taken Sept. 20 by a trail camera on private land. Wildlife experts are investigating, but said no further evidence has been found. Biologists say the animal is likely a young male that has left its home range in the West in search of new territory.

Tenn. completes first year of welfare drug testing

Oct 6, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was a little over a year ago that the State of Tennessee began drug testing some welfare applicants, and the first year’s results are just as controversial as the bill’s passage.

Tennessee offers several types of welfare benefits, but the state only tests individuals applying to the Families First program, a benefit that aids needy families with small children.

Democratic State Rep. Sherry Jones of Nashville voted against the bill and continues to oppose its implementation.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed resolution asking God to have mercy on a Tennessee county for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples apparently didn't have a prayer of being considered Tuesday.

A committee in Blount County declined to discuss the measure and instead voted 10-5 against approving an agenda containing the measure. The committee abruptly adjourned, and the members who voted against the inclusion of the proposal left without speaking to the news media.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  MTSU Police have released the details about that armed robbery that took place on campus Friday.

Murfreesboro resident Desmond J. Howard tells police he was visiting a friend at the Scarlett Commons apartments when he was robbed by two men.  Howard tells police the men cornered him on the stairs and threatened him with a handgun. The 19-year-old says he lost an I-phone, cash, and a book bag.