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11:47am

Fri October 5, 2012
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Fire Marshall Warns of Cold-Snap Fire Hazards

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With temperatures falling this weekend area fire departments are warning residents about fire hazards.

Murfreesboro Assistant Chief Fire Marshall Ken Honeycutt says he sees avoidable tragedies every year at this time as people turn on some type of heat.

Honeycutt says one problem he sees routinely in the fall is people pushing furniture up too close to wall-mounted, thermostat-controlled electric heaters during the summer months.

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9:43am

Fri October 5, 2012
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MTSU On the Record Digs for Facts with Florida Prosecutor Jeff Ashton

Jeff Ashton, author of “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” with host Gina Logue.


The program is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).


Ashton, who is Florida’s state attorney-elect, will deliver the William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Leadership at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the new Student Union Ballroom. His appearance is sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education.

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12:47pm

Thu October 4, 2012
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Two New Challenges to Tennessee's Voter Photo ID Law

The seal of the City of Memphis
City of Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is facing two new legal challenges.

Memphis officials are appealing a Nashville judge's ruling on the state requirement of photo identification for voting.

According to The Commercial Appeal, attorneys for the City of Memphis filed an appeal late Wednesday with the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The city claims the new requirement is a violation of the state constitution.

Memphis is asking for an emergency appeal and lawyers hope for an expedited ruling.

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12:23pm

Thu October 4, 2012
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JUST ONE QUESTION: State Rep. Joe Carr (R) Dist. 48

State Rep. Joe Carr, (R) Dist. 48
Tenn. General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With presidential debate season underway, WMOT  News is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance.

Today's question comes from State Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican legislator representing Tennessee's 48th district.

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12:14pm

Thu October 4, 2012
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Is Middle Tennessee's Housing Market Rebounding?

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages have fallen to fresh record lows for the second straight week. The declines suggest the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts are having an impact.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.36 percent, the lowest rate since long-term mortgages came into use in the 1950s.

The Fed is spending $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities. The goal is to lower mortgage rates and help the housing recovery.

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