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12:33pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Study Puts Numbers to the Voter Photo ID Controversy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study released this week suggests voter fraud is almost non-existent in Tennessee and across the country.

The study was conducted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation.

The study shows that only 14 cases of voter fraud have been alleged in Tennessee in the past 12 years. To date, only five cases have led to convictions.

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12:21pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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New Murfreesboro Mosque Prepares for Eid-ul-Fitr

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro says it plans to celebrate the end of Ramadan this Sunday in its new mosque.

The Mid-State congregation worshiped in their new facility for the first time this past Friday. Mosque Board Member Saleh Sbenaty says it was an incredibly exciting day.

“It just cannot be described. I mean you should have seen the kids and how excited they were. The elders who were crying as they entered the mosque.”

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2:13pm

Mon August 13, 2012
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MTSU Signs Second Robotics Pact with the Military

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, center right, chats with Lt. Cols. Joel Miller, left, Nick Kioutas and Robb Walker after an Aug. 13 signing ceremony of a partnership agreement between the U.S. Army and MTSU involving unmanned vehicles.
MTSU photo by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) The United States Army and Marine Corps have signed and agreement with Middle Tennessee State University to study ways robots on the ground can be used in concert with unmanned vehicles in the air.

In announcing the new pact Monday morning, MTSU said the deal is the first of its kind.  The agreement expands a partnership between the MTSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program and the U.S. military. Last year the university signed a deal to work on the Army’s remote-controlled Raven aircraft.

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11:36am

Mon August 13, 2012
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State Resists Adding Political Parties to November Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The state elections director says Green Party candidates in Tennessee will not be listed on the agency's website until Aug. 30.

Mark Goins tells the Tennessean that's the deadline for the state to publish an official list of candidates running in November's general election.

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11:31am

Mon August 13, 2012
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Vandy Hopes New Chaplain Can Ease Tensions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Vanderbilt University has hired a chaplain in the hopes of ending a lingering controversy over its new, non-discrimination policy.

The "all-comers" policy at the school requires student groups to allow any student to join their groups and to hold office, regardless of their beliefs.

Since then, Christian groups have protested the policy and several lost their official status for refusing to sign on to the policy.

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