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.