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10:55am

Wed June 25, 2014
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The Year's First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say a Shelby County man is Tennessee's first case of West Nile virus this year.

The county health department and the Tennessee Department of Health disclosed yesterday that a 46-year-old man in Memphis has contracted the mosquito-borne illness.

Last year, 24 people contracted West Nile virus in Tennessee, nine of those in Shelby County. Officials say three cases resulted in death.

State Epedemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says the majority of people who contract the disease won’t even know they have it.

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9:56am

Wed June 25, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Senate Committee Holds Hearing Over Chief Justice Complaint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican panel spent four hours questioning top judicial officials about the handling of a complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the investigation, headed by Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, has stalled after officials with the state Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and the state Board of Judicial Conduct said no laws were broken and no judicial rules violated.

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10:57am

Mon June 23, 2014
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Weather Service: Late Summer May be Hot and Dry

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Summer officially arrived Saturday and the National Weather Service says the mid-state can likely expect a hot, dry, dusty season.

Meteorologist Darrell Massie says an El Nino weather pattern is developing and that may mean the summer months will get drier as the season progresses. He also says the summer will likely be warmer than usual.

“”We’re kind of looking at a drying period with the El Nino that’s starting to set up. They temperatures will be above normal, so we could be looking at some hot, dusty periods perhaps.”

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9:54am

Mon June 23, 2014
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Money Stolen from Tennessee Counties Increases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Tennessee State Comptroller's report has found that the amount of money stolen from Tennessee counties continues to grow.

The Tennessean reports counties began the last fiscal year with more than $560,000 in unrecovered cash shortages. But here at the end of the fiscal year the losses have jumped to well over $750,000.

The losses would have amounted to more than a million dollars, but the counties were able to recover nearly a quarter-million dollars. Some of that came from restitution payments while some came from insurance claims.

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11:32am

Fri June 20, 2014
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CHOW Bus Keeping Murfeesboro Children Fed This Summer

A Murfreesboro child receives food from the CHOW bus, operated by Murfreesboro City Schools.
Credit Emily West for WMOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WEST)  --  Kids ease out of their houses on a rainy mid-day, waiting for a retired blue bus to pull into the Rolling Acres apartment complex. 

Nowadays, more than 100 Rutherford County students find their breakfasts and lunches through a new program called the CHOW bus.

Mid-state parents, who were struggling to make ends meet, don’t usually have to worry about their kids getting a good meal during the school year. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.  But summertime usually meant hardship, until Murfreesboro City Schools decided to change that.

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