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9:23am

Mon March 5, 2012
Political Scientist Questions GOP Strategy

MTSU Poll Shows Santorum with 2-t0-1 Lead in Tenn.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee joins 9 other states for Super Tuesday presidential primary voting tomorrow. As you’ve heard John and Celeste mention, Santorum and Romney are running neck-and-neck in several states.

The vote appears to be shaping up differently here in Tennessee. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum held a two-to-one lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in polls conducted recently by both the Survey Group at Middle Tennessee State University and the Vanderbilt Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

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9:13am

Mon March 5, 2012
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Storm Damage in 19 Tennessee Counties

photo courtesy Tenn. EMA

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  Thirty-nine deaths in 5 states was the toll from Friday’s severe weather as of Monday morning.

The state Emergency Management Agency said there were no deaths here in Tennessee, but at least 45 people were injured in two waves of bad weather. Most of the injuries occurred in the Chattanooga area.

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6:53pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Damage Light to Moderate in Most Communities

Injuries, Damage Following Severe Storms

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — No deaths were reported in Tennessee after a series of strong storms pushed through the state Friday afternoon and evening. Three counties reported injuries and several reported light to moderate damage.

The Associated Press reported that six to eight people were hospitalized in Chattanooga and at least 20 homes destroyed after a possible tornado swept through the area early in the afternoon.

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2:07pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Residents Less Impressed by Republican Initiatives

Tennesseans Approve of Governor, Legislature

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans are sticking to a surprisingly center-of-the-road public policy line in spite of  this election season’s heated political rhetoric.

WMOT will be looking at the results of the latest Middle Tennessee University Survey Group poll over the next few days. The twice-yearly phone survey was released Wednesday.

The poll shows that Tennesseans are generally approving of first term Republican Governor Bill Haslam and the newly Republican dominated legislature. But voters are not happy with all the majority party’s policy initiatives.

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6:44am

Fri March 2, 2012
Several Recent Developments in the Case

Anniversary of Tina Stewart Death

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Middle Tennessee State basketball standout Tina Stewart.  Stewart was stabbed to death by her roommate March 2, 2011.

MTSU Atheletic Director Chris Massaro said Stewart is still a very real presence for her team mates.

"She's with her teammates every day in their thoughts and in their prayers and so she's never really left in their minds. I think it's a very difficult day for her teammates and the coaching staff," Massaro said.

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