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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report lists Murfreesboro as one of the best markets in the country for first time home buyers, beating out all of Tennessee’s largest cities.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com notes that the economic hangover from the Great Recession has left many Americans unable to afford that first home. So they compared 300 cities across the country looking for the best places for prospective new home owners to buy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Education officials say changes in standardized testing in Tennessee are expected to reduce testing time for students and teachers by about 30 percent.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2a3kAh5 ) reports the state has cut the first part of spring standardized testing to create only one assessment window at the end of the school year.

The changes stem from the Tennessee Department of Education's two-year, $60 million contract with Minnesota-based Questar Assessment, which was finalized Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious female student.

A criminal judge handed down the sentence for Cory Batey on Friday after the victim said her life was shattered as a result of the rape.

The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June of 2013. Four former football players were charged.

capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Williamson County lawmaker accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women says nearly all of the allegations in an attorney general's office report are either false or taken out of context.

Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham told reporters Thursday that he has never attempted sexual contact with any of the women in the report. Durham also said he was suspending his re-election campaign to focus on his family. But he stopped short of resigning or saying he would refuse to serve if elected.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee teen was honored posthumously last night at the ESPY Awards for shielding two friends during a drive-by shooting.

Fifteen-year-old Zaevion Dobson shielded two girls from gunfire with his body in what police say was an episode of gang related violence.

Zaveion’s mother Zenobia Dobson, accepted the Arthur Ashe Award on behalf of her son. She voiced a challenge for the athletes gathered for the ceremony.

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