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10:43am

Thu August 2, 2012
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More Changes to Tennessee Education Standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is preparing to revise teacher licensing standards.

The department says the revisions will be written in partnership with the state board, the Educational Testing Service and review teams consisting of teachers, district administrators and higher education faculty.

Department spokesperson Kelli Gauthier says the standards are past due for an update.

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10:38am

Thu August 2, 2012
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Possible Drought Aid for Tennessee Farmers

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Legislators in Washington are considering help for drought-stricken farmers in one of their final acts before adjourning for the August recess.

The House bill, scheduled to be voted on today, would restore four disaster assistance programs that expired last year. They would be reinstated for the 2012 budget year, at an estimated cost of $383 million.

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9:22am

Thu August 2, 2012
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MTSU Professor Participates in His Fourth Olympics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (HUBBARD)  --  While many teachers enjoy the opportunity to relax during their summer break, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University is having a summer that’s anything but relaxing.

Most people know Dr. Andrew Owusu as a professor health and human performance at MTSU . He's also know as the school’s assistant track coach.  What most people don’t know is that Owusu is also a decorated jumper and three-time Olympic athlete.

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8:50am

Thu August 2, 2012
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World's Longest Yard Sale, Cash for Rural Counties

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — It’s called the World's Longest Yard Sale and each summer it brings bargain hunters from all over the country to Tennessee and five other states.

The event begins today and runs through Sunday along nearly 700 miles of U.S. 127. The northern end is Addison, Mich., and the southern end point is Gadsden, Ala.

The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown serves as the headquarters for the sale. The Chamber’s Walt Page says the sale is a way to get travelers off the interstate highways and into rural communities to spend some cash.

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11:55am

Tue July 31, 2012
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Vanderbilt Providing HIV/AIDS Assistance in Three African Nations

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week announced the U.S. will donate another $150 million to help poor countries battle HIV/AIDS.

However, a Vanderbilt researcher says U.S. AIDS assistance really isn’t increasing overall. Dr. Sten Vermund, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, says while some aid programs are being enlarged, others are being cut back.

Vermund says the U.S. has continued to fund AIDS programs overseas through tough economic times and changes in administration because of  rare, bi-partisan support.

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