The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following statement Thursday, September 3, 2015:

NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Murfreesboro man in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Murfreesboro has one of the healthiest housing markets in the country.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com ranked the 300 largest cities in the nation on the health of their real estate markets. Murfreesboro placed 41 overall, and pushed into the top 20 in the small cities category.

Wallethub analysts looked at 14 metrics to compare the markets, including median home price depreciation, home price as a percentage of income, and the health of the local economy.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam often states his goal of bringing "high-quality jobs" to Tennessee, a document produced by his administration suggests he may be less interested in making them high-paying positions.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper reports that the Haslam administration is touting the state internationally as a place with a "low-cost labor force" and "very low unionization rates."

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deputies say a poacher has stolen 45 ginseng plants from a Blount County field.

Blount County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Jarrod Millsaps told The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1Fk7jVF) ginseng poaching is common in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but he has not seen it often in the community.

Each year park rangers seize between 500 and 1000 illegally poached ginseng roots. The rangers have said they are concerned the slow-growing native plants could disappear if poaching continues.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says conversations he's having with some of Israel's top leaders are helpful in understanding international economic development opportunities and challenges.

The Republican governor is in Israel this week on a trade mission. On Tuesday, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The chairman of the state Senate transportation committee has come out against raising Tennessee's gas tax next year.

Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber. He says there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

Tennessee hasn’t increased its tax on gasoline since 1989.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second time in as many weeks a Tennessee sheriff has made controversial remarks regarding Muslims and the Islamic faith.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is defending comments he made Monday. Hammond told a meeting of local civic group that “Islam is communism with a God.” He also said he is encouraging police departments around the state to keep a close watch on Muslims living in their communities.

Tennessee is the nation's migraine capital

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  -- A neurology researcher at Vanderbilt University says Tennessee has a problem with migraines.

Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities all made the top 10 list of the 110 worst cities for migraines.

The study analyzed several metrics, including the number of migraine prescriptions written, hours worked, commute times, and diets.

Vanderbilt professor Jan Brandes says Tennessee's weather is another factor.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Shelby County Board of Education is suing the state of Tennessee, accusing it of failing to fully fund the county's public schools.

Multiple media outlets report that the lawsuit was filed Monday in Davidson County. According to the complaint, the state has withheld funds and disproportionately hurt children in impoverished areas.

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — An attorney says the Kentucky clerk who won't issue marriage licenses and all her deputy clerks have been called for a federal court hearing Thursday morning.

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins says the federal court alerted him that a hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Ashland.

Watkins says clerk Kim Davis is summonsed to attend, along with all the deputy clerks who work in her office.

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