MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll suggests abortion continues to be a divisive issue in Tennessee, but there are some surprising areas of agreement among voters.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University asked a series of questions about issues being hotly debated in this election year.

On the issue of abortion, the MTSU Poll found that 56 percent of the registered voters surveyed believe the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases. Thirty-six percent believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Bluebird Café and the Nashville Ballet will collaborate on this year’s Attitude performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Rehearsals for the unlikely collaboration are underway now. Twenty dancers and four choreographs have been paired with three of the Bluebird’s most popular singer-songwriters, including Victoria Banks, J.T. Harding and Georgia Middleman.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling says community collaborations like the Bluebird Café project are his passion.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's $34.8 billion spending plan includes new spending for schools, colleges and road projects along with another large deposit into Tennessee's emergency budget reserves.

Haslam made his sixth budget proposal in his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol on Monday.

The governor touted his proposed $261 million increase in spending on public education as the state's largest ever investment in K-12 education without a tax increase.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

The measure cleared its last hurdle on a voice vote in the House Calendar Committee on Tuesday after clearing the Finance Committee by a single vote last week.

Tuesday's hearing appeared to largely be a formality, as there were no audible votes in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville before the acting chairman declared that the bill had been approved.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police confronted a naked man waving a gun in the air at the Dana Downs condos on Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro over the weekend.

Police say 22-year-old Cadari D. Lindsey of Hazelwood St. was wandering around the complex waving a pistol early Saturday morning. The incident report says he fired a number of shots, but officers weren’t sure what he was shooting at because he’d just walked out of sight around the corner of a building.

Tennessee Business Barometer sees steep decline

Feb 1, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Business Barometer dropped almost 100 points in the last quarter, reflecting growing pessimism among the state’s business leaders.

The online survey is compiled by Middle Tennessee State’s Jones Business of College and is designed to gauge business sentiment. The Business Barometer dropped from 243 points in October to 146 points January 20.

Poll Director Tim Graeff says Tennessee business community is increasingly concerned about the current state of their industries and, even more troubling, their own particular businesses.

Severe weather expected Tuesday night

Feb 1, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Unsettled weather is moving into the mid-state and could result in damaging storms Tuesday night.

Passing storms are expected over the next 48 hours as a warm weather front and a cold weather front battle for control of the region.

The best chance for dangerous weather comes Tuesday night. The Weather Service says a line of storms will move through the mid-state at around midnight. Damaging winds and even tornados are possible then.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An estimated 150,000 Tennesseans could lose food stamp benefits on April 1 if they don't meet work requirements.

Tennessee Department of Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Jarnagin says the agency began sending out notices earlier this winter to people who could lose benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Man found hanged in a RuCo Sheriff's Office cell

Feb 1, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The TBI says a mid-state man hanged himself over the weekend at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office as he was being booked on domestic assault charges.

WSMV-TV quotes the TBI saying 32 year old Jonathan Maxwell hanged himself with the cord from a pay phone in a holding cell during the booking process.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and 16th District Attorney General Jennings Jones asked the TBI to lead the investigation.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Donald Trump is the clear favorite of  Tennessee Republicans among the current batch of presidential primary candidates, according to new numbers out this week from the MTSU Poll.

When asked to name the one person they would most like to see win the election, about one in three respondents chose Trump. Middle Tennessee State pollster Ken Blake notes, however, that a lot of the state’s residents have not yet made up their minds.


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