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12:12pm

Tue July 10, 2012
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Utility Scam Mentions President Obama

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Utility companies across the state are warning Tennesseans about a telephone scam.

Officials report scammers are calling to say that a new federal program will pay their power bills. The caller then asks for personal information such as social security and bank account numbers.

Todd Palmer with Middle Tennessee Electric says the scammers often do a little name dropping.

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11:47am

Tue July 10, 2012
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4-H Livestock Competition Held on the MTSU Campus

Franklin resident Blake Bowman leads his 1,300-pound Black Angus steer, “Black Smoke,” into the show ring at MTSU’s Tennessee Livestock Center.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Hundreds of young people from more than 50 Tennessee counties are in the Mid-State this week to show their animals at the 4-H Junior Livestock Exposition.

The competition is being held at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University through Thursday.

Houston Herbert is showing two steers and a heifer in the event.  Herbert attends Page High in Williamson County.  He says show day is the easiest part of the experience.

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12:06pm

Mon July 9, 2012
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Gang Violence Explodes in Small-Town Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gang-related crimes rose by nearly 25 percent across Tennessee in 2011.

Citing statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessean reports that such crimes have more than doubled since 2005. But the real story isn't necessarily in places like Nashville or Memphis.

Statistics show the state's small towns are becoming incubators of gang violence. The TBI’s Kristin Helm says there’s a couple of reasons for the change.

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11:52am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Tenn. Hospital Association Speaks out on TennCare Expansion

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The head of the Tennessee Hospital Association says the entire state will suffer if TennCare isn’t expanded under the new federal health care law.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, but justices struck down a mandate for states to expand their Medicaid programs.

Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says the state’s hospitals are already spending $1.2 billion dollars a year treating patients who can’t pay, and those costs are spiraling out of control.

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11:46am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Not All Tennessee Teens Get HIV/AIDS Info in School

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Two out of ten Tennessee teens are not being taught about HIV and AIDS, according to a recently released nationwide survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 survey shows that approximately 20% of Tennessee’s high school students are not being taught about AIDS in school.

Statistics also show that more than 17% of Tennessee’s high school students are sexually active.

Middle Tennessee State University senior Joshjuan Jones says his Memphis high school didn’t provide much sex education of any kind.

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