Thu January 3, 2013
Station News & Events

Prisoners’ Pop Music is Focus of Next ‘MTSU On the Record’

John Dougan's new book, The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow, The Story of the Prisonaires

The impact of a group of singing prisoners on race relations, rock and roll and rehabilitation is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record.”

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. John Dougan, author of “The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires,” will air at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).

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Thu January 3, 2013

Nashville Ballet Awarded $5,000 Grant from Community Foundation

Nashville Ballet receives grant

Nashville Ballet was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) to sustain and expand curriculum-based educational arts programming for underserved populations in schools, community centers and libraries, that reach 25,000 individuals annually.

CFMT is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves. It recently awarded grants, totaling $1.3 million, to 273 nonprofits as part of The Foundation’s annual discretionary grant-making process.

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Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

College Goal Tennessee Begins This Saturday at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's College Goal Sunday is moving to Saturday this year.

The program assists students who plan to attend any college to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Families should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their last paycheck stub for 2012.

The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

Chattanooga Area Leads State Job Growth

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga has experienced job growth that led the state's major metropolitan areas in the last year.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, greater Chattanooga employment expanded by nearly 4,000 jobs from November 2011 through November 2012. The figure is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs grew by 1.7 percent in Chattanooga. Knoxville was second during the year, with an increase of 1.2 percent. Nashville came in third, increasing employment by 0.5 percent while Memphis reported no gain or loss.

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Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

Shelbyville's Tracy to Challenge U.S. Rep. DesJarlais

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Jim Tracy has officially announced that he will run for the congressional seat held by embattled fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Tracy, of Shelbyville, made the announcement on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in Congress in November despite revelations he had sexual relationships with patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion. DesJarlais has rejected calls for his resignation.

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Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Layoffs Have Slowed, Hiring Has Picked Up, But Jobless Claims Are Higher

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:46 am

The scene at a career fair in New York City last fall.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. Jobless Claims Went Up; So Two Out Of Three Reports Were Positive:

There were 372,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 10,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says. What's more, that previous week's total was revised up from the previous estimate of 350,000.

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Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

With Those Lost In Mind, Sandy Hook Students And Staff Return To Classes

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:49 pm

Early Thursday morning, a school bus carrying students from Sandy Hook Elementary headed to their new school.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images
  • Jean Cochran reporting on the NPR Newscast

(Scroll down for updates. Our most recent was at 2:45 p.m. ET.)

Hoping that they have done their best to create "a safe and a secure learning environment for these kids," school officials in Connecticut today welcomed the 500 or so surviving students from Sandy Hook Elementary School and their teachers back to class.

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Thu January 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Was Boehner's Fiscal Cliff End Run Past GOP The New Normal?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (right), and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., enter a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

By letting the House take up the Senate's fiscal cliff-dodging legislation that raises income tax rates on the wealthiest earners, Speaker John Boehner answered affirmatively a question that had been on many minds: Would he allow an up-or-down floor vote on a bill opposed by most fellow House Republicans?

Until the New Year's Day vote, Boehner had generally operated the House under what was known as the Hastert Rule. Named for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, it required a "majority of the majority" to support legislation before the speaker approved a floor vote.

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Thu January 3, 2013
It's All Politics

After Upset Win, House Freshman Looks To Make A Name For Himself

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:27 am

Then-candidate Eric Swalwell speaks as Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., walks offstage during an endorsement meeting at the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club in Oakland, Calif., in September.
Jeff Chiu AP

A 32-year-old Bay Area prosecutor will be sworn in to Congress on Thursday after ousting a 40-year incumbent.

California Democrat Eric Swalwell — who will be the second-youngest member of Congress — capitalized on his opponent's gaffes and used old-fashioned door-knocking and high-tech mobile phone outreach to win votes.

His first challenge in Washington might be getting people to pronounce his name correctly. Even senior members of California's congressional delegation have gotten it wrong, saying "Stallwell" instead of "Swalwell."

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Thu January 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Hurricane Sandy Brings One Family Closer

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:26 am

The day after their neighborhood was flooded, the Hardys returned to their house to start bagging up the garbage. The contents of the fridge were spread all over the kitchen floor and even outside. There were sausages in the street. The kitchen floor was a mess of muddy puddles.
Courtesy of Heather Hardy

The Hardy family goes back generations in a tiny neighborhood called Gerritsen Beach at the southern end of Brooklyn. For them, Superstorm Sandy has created something like an extended family reunion.

Their 2 1/2 bedroom house is currently just barely livable. They removed a fallen tree, replaced drywall, fixed the electricity and heat, and threw down rugs to keep the dust and mold from overwhelming them until they do the work the house really needs.

The Hardy family is more closely knit than a lot of people could stand.

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