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11:53am

Mon July 2, 2012
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Judge Again Rules Murfreesboro Mosque Can't Be Used

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County judge has reaffirmed his earlier ruling that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will not be allowed to occupy its new mosque.

At the end of May Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew voided the mosque’s construction permit, saying the county failed to provide proper notice for the meeting where the permit was approved.

Corlew allowed construction of the mosque to continue, but told the county it could not issue a certificate of occupancy for the building once it’s complete.

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11:24am

Thu June 28, 2012
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Tuition Increases Approved for TBR Schools

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Board of Regents has voted to increase tuition at the system’s six universities, 13 colleges and 27 technical schools.  

The Regents approved the measure in Memphis on Friday during their quarterly meeting. 

Students at the University of Memphis will see the largest increase, paying $269 more per semester. TBR community college students will see an increase of $75  to $85 per semester.

In a press statement, the TBR says each school requested increases based on its particular needs.

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11:20am

Thu June 28, 2012
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Reaction in Tennessee to Health Care Ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction in Tennessee to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has been strong if somewhat predictable.

Within hours of the decision’s announcement, Governor Haslam had recorded and uploaded his reaction to YouTube.

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11:20am

Wed June 27, 2012
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TCAP Scores Rise in Latest Round of Tests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee student scores are up overall in the latest round of assessment tests of elementary and middle school students.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced the statewide test results at a Nashville middle school Tuesday.

The governor credited the state's recent emphasis on improving education standards in Tennessee for producing the improved results.

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11:11am

Wed June 27, 2012
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Inventor Hopes to Harness the Mississippi to Generate Power

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A West Tennessee inventor has won a $125,000 grant from the state to develop a water turbine that he says will harness the power of the Mississippi River to generate electricity.

Geoff Greene of Memphis invented a slow-turning turbine that will transfer power into the local electricity grid. Using the grant and private funds, Greene plans to build a prototype to conduct reliability testing in the Mississippi later this summer.

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