Mon December 10, 2012
Top Stories

Tennessee's Anti-Smoking Efforts Called "Disapointing."

Credit tobaccofreekids.org/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Anti-smoking groups are chiding Tennessee for not doing more to keep the state’s teens from picking up the habit.

In a report released last week, a coalition of health groups ranks Tennessee 45th in the nation for funding stop smoking campaigns.

The report says tobacco companies spend more than $251 million each year in Tennessee to promote tobacco use.  By comparison, the coalition says the State of Tennessee spends just $220,000 on stop smoking efforts.

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Mon December 10, 2012

Spain's Crisis Leads To Rise Of Grass-Roots Groups

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:44 pm

A demonstrator shouts during a protest against housing evictions in Madrid last month. The sign to his right reads, "Stop evictions."
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

A year and a half ago, recession-ravaged Spanish society reacted to the economic crisis with the "Indignados," a mass protest that inspired the worldwide "Occupy" movement.

The "angry ones" are long gone from Spanish streets, but they've evolved into many grass-roots associations now filling the gaps left by the eroding welfare state, spawning a new form of anti-austerity resistance that embraces all branches of society, from those who have lost homes to foreclosures, to the entire judiciary.

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Mon December 10, 2012
The Two-Way

After Helping Europe Rise From Ashes, EU Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal during today's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
Nigel Waldron Getty Images

Giving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has been controversial.

As The Associated Press reports:

Three previous Peace Prize laureates "South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina, have demanded that the prize money of $1.2 million not be paid this year. They say the bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security."

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Mon December 10, 2012
The Salt

Want To Find A Restaurant That Treats Workers Well? There's An App For That

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:42 am

A group that advocates on behalf of food service workers has created an app that helps diners find restaurants that pay their workers livable wages and offer room for advancement.

Smartphone users have a wide range of apps to choose from if they're looking to dine ethically. There are apps that advise which supermarkets have good environmental records and apps that keep tabs on restaurants and markets offering sustainable seafood.

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Mon December 10, 2012

MTSU School of Journalism Gets Top-50 Nod from Student-Media Blog

A respected student-media scholar has included MTSU’S School of Journalism in his 2013 list of “50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” 

Dr. Dan Reimold, who teaches journalism at the University of Tampa and blogs at CollegeMediaMatters.com, said he based his evaluations on “knowledge of various schools’ and departments’ reputations, faculty, affiliated student media, classes (and) internship and study-abroad connections.”

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Mon December 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Royal Hoax: Nurse's Family 'Devastated,' Radio Hosts 'Shattered' By Her Death

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:40 am

Flowers and a note outside the apartments near King Edward VII Hospital in central London where Jacintha Saldanha and other nurses stayed.
Carl Court AFP/Getty Images

The family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha is "devastated" and "simply cannot understand or cope with what's happening," a British member of parliament tells the BBC as all those involved try to come to grips with the London nurse's apparent suicide.

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Mon December 10, 2012

Burriss on Media: History

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (BURRISS)  --  We’ve heard a lot this past week about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, individual freedom and the rights of the states to set their own laws. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the constitution, were ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, and it is those amendments that protect our right to participate in the debates about gay marriage, the fiscal cliff, the war in Afghanistan, and the myriad of other issues facing our country.

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Mon December 10, 2012
Shots - Health News

Buzz Off: Bedbugs Unfazed By Ultrasonic Devices

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 7:04 am

Bedbugs are becoming a common nuisance in many places. But cheap ultrasonic devices advertised as bedbug repellents don't work, scientists say.
Carolyn Kaster AP

With bedbugs bunking just about everywhere these days, people battling the bloodsucking insects may be tempted to try their hand at driving them away.

But ultrasonic bug zappers, which retail for less than $25, aren't the solution, say entomologists who tested some of the devices.

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Mon December 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks; Syrian Conflict; Minnesota Blizzard

This dog likes snow: In Minneapolis on Sunday, Adam Womersley and his English Springer Spaniel, Stella, had some fun out in the winter weather.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii MCT /Landov

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Can A 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Be Both In And Out Of Reach? Yes.

-- Jenni Rivera: A Beautiful Voice Goes Silent.

Other stories making news:

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Mon December 10, 2012
Top Stories

Tenn. Senator Gets National Media Attention for Fiscal Cliff Comments

U.S. Senator Bob Corker
Credit U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) —  Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is getting national media attention as he weighs in on tax reform negotiations.  Republican mavericks like Corker are pressuring their leaders to rethink some of the most contentious issues, like taxes.

Corker is being quoted saying Senate Republicans would probably agree to higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans if it leads to overhauling entitlement programs. Here’s what he had to say when he spoke to reporter Judy Woodruff recently on the PBS NewsHour.

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