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8:09am

Thu September 18, 2014
Business

MTSU retooling financial aid to boost graduation

Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is changing its financial aid package to encourage students to graduate in four years.

The university announced on Wednesday that it will supplement the Hope Lottery Scholarships of incoming students who stay on track to graduate. The school will pay $500 to Hope scholarship students after each of their first two years.

The school also will pay what it calls a "Finish Line Scholarship" to graduating seniors. That scholarship will return any tuition increases the student paid over the four years.

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10:49am

Wed September 17, 2014
Top Stories

Rare agreement: Obama, Alexander say Ebola a serious threat

Credit cdc.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Obama has a plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Calling the Ebola crisis a threat to world security, Obama is ordering up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region along with an aggressive effort to train health care workers and deliver field hospitals.

The president and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander don’t see eye to eye on much, but in a speech delivered yesterday on the Senate floor, Alexander agreed that Ebola is a serious threat.

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8:48am

Wed September 17, 2014
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Memphis finds still MORE untested rape kits

 

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis officials say 200 more untested sexual assault kits have been found in a storage facility, adding to the backlog of about 12,000 rape kits that sat untested for years.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Deputy Police Chief Jim Harvey briefed Memphis City Council members Tuesday as part of his monthly update on fixing the backlog of untested kits.

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8:40am

Wed September 17, 2014
Business

Tenn. based FedEx to hike ground, express delivery rates

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.

 

The company says that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it isn’t saying by how much.

The Memphis company says the express increase will apply to deliveries in, to or from the U.S. FedEx Freight will also boost prices an average of 4.9 percent within North America.

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8:36am

Wed September 17, 2014
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Two armed robbery attempts on the MTSU campus overnight

Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There were two armed robbery attempts late Tuesday night on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

WSMV-TV reports that the first robbery attempt took place at around 9 p.m. MTSU police say a man armed with a knife attempted to rob a student in the parking lot on South Rutherford Blvd.

The crime report describes the suspect as a tall, light-skinned black man with freckles and wearing a gray hoodie.

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