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10:27am

Tue November 25, 2014
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Student prank brings a hazmat team to the MTSU campus

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)   --  Campus Police and the Murfreesboro Fire Department Hazmat Team responded Tuesday to a suspicious package discovered on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

School officials say that at about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning a suspicious bucket was discovered in a courtyard near the Aerospace building.

The sealed, white, two-gallon bucket reportedly had the phrase "Do Not Open - Ebola" written on its side.

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9:45am

Tue November 25, 2014
Business

Sunday projected biggest travel day at BNA

Credit flynashville.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’re traveling by air, expect long lines at Nashville’s International Airport.

Airport spokesperson Shannon Sumrall says BNA is expecting about a two percent increase in the number of people flying in and out of Nashville during the Thanksgiving week. She says the number of people hitting the airport this past weekend indicates a lot of travelers are taking off the entire week. But the worst is yet to come.

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9:18am

Tue November 25, 2014
Business

Holiday travel improving, still below pre-recession levels

Credit aaa.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The number of Tennesseans hitting the roads for Thanksgiving this year is up significantly, but holiday travel has still not returned to pre-recession levels.

AAA says about 46.3 million Americans will travel this holiday season. That’s up more than 4 percent over 2013, but still better than 4 million travelers below the 2007, pre-recession peak.

AAA says about a million Tennesseans will be on the move during the holidays. Spokesman Mark Jenkins says it’s going to be crowded on the nation’s highways.

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11:56am

Mon November 24, 2014
Politics

Governor begins annual budget hearings on Monday

Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his annual budget hearings at the state Capitol on Monday.

Five agencies are scheduled to make presentations, including the Department of Children's Services, which oversees a troubled Nashville youth detention facility that recently made national headlines because of rioting and escapes.

Critics have said previous budget cuts contributed to problems at the Woodland Hills facility, such as staff reductions and low pay to workers.

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11:55am

Mon November 24, 2014
Politics

New Tenn. AG won't sign GOP letter on Obama immigration moves

Tenn. Attorney General Herbert Slattery III
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn't joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing "appropriate action" on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

Slatery's predecessor, Bob Cooper, was heavily criticized by some Republicans in the Legislature for refusing to join a multi-state lawsuit against Obama's health care law. But Slatery doesn't appear to be in a hurry to promise litigation over another presidential move that has riled up Republicans in the state.

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