11:42am

Mon April 2, 2012
Symposium Wednesday on the MTSU Campus

Tennessee's Sex-Trafficking Problem Explored

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A symposium on human trafficking will be held this week here in Middle Tennessee.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State University and will feature a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI released its first ever report on trafficking in Tennessee last year. Margie Quin, Special Agent in Charge, described the numbers as shocking.

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11:39am

Mon April 2, 2012
Conflict Deserves More Media Attention

Tennessean with Ties to Syria is Frustrated

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The death toll in Syria continues to climb. Three more deaths were reported Monday as the year-old uprising there continues.

There’s a sizeable Syrian refugee population here in Middle Tennessee. They’ve been active in recent months, staging local rallies in support of the Syrian people.

Murfreesboro resident Lema Sbenaty is of Syrian ancestry and has family still living there. Her aunt’s home was badly damaged recently by government shelling.

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11:35am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Coming Up: Obama News Conference With Leaders Of Canada And Mexico

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 1:50 pm

"It's constitutional," President Obama declared this afternoon when asked about the 2010 health care overhaul legislation that was the subject of three days' worth of Supreme Court hearings last week.

He's confident a majority of the justices will agree, Obama added. Many Supreme Court watchers are less certain.

The president make those comments in response to a question that came up during a joint news conference at the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

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11:32am

Mon April 2, 2012
Police Make No Move to Arrest Protesters

Homeless Advocates Occupy Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Legislative plaza was briefly occupied once again Sunday night, but not by the Occupy Movement.

About 30 homeless advocates slept overnight on the plaza in defiance of a new state law that prohibits camping on state property. Advocates say the law, recently passed by the Tennessee legislature specifically to dislodge occupy protesters from the plaza, makes homelessness a criminal offense.

Lindsey Crank is a divinity student at Vanderbilt University and has worked with Nashville’s homeless for the past five years.

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11:00am

Mon April 2, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Looks For Knock Out Punch

More delegates are up for grabs as the GOP primaries move to Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C. Politicos are closely watching the Badger State, where Rick Santorum is hoping for a boost from rural voters, and Mitt Romney is looking for a decisive victory. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with analysts Mary Kate Cary and Cynthia Tucker.

10:53am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Palin: 'That's A Fine How Do You Do'

Gov. Palin will be on The Today Show Tuesday.
The Today Show

The morning TV air wars get serious again Tuesday with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's guest host slot on NBC's The Today Show — opposite former CBS Evening News' anchor Katie Couric's guest slot on ABC's Good Morning America.

In the lead-in to the faceoff, there was some fun on Today today.

During a phone call with Palin, host Matt Lauer wondered "what are you doing to prepare? Are you reading some newspapers?"

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10:30am

Mon April 2, 2012
U.S.

N.H. Parents On Their Own In Abuse, Neglect Cases

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 4:12 pm

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether it is constitutional to require indigent parents to represent themselves in child abuse or neglect proceedings.
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In most places in the U.S., if a parent is charged with abuse or neglect of a child and can't afford a lawyer, he's appointed one. That lawyer's job is to defend the parent and reunite the family if possible.

But faced with a budget shortfall, New Hampshire has taken the unusual step of eliminating that funding.

The court and state officials charged with enforcing the new policy now worry that the lack of representation is hurting parents and their children — and children's advocates are concerned that other states may eventually follow New Hampshire's lead.

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10:28am

Mon April 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Insurers Move Ahead, With Or Without Individual Mandate

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 4:12 pm

For the health policy world, the Supreme Court's tough questioning of the individual mandate last week was a seismic event.

But in Hartford, Conn., the city sometimes called the epicenter of the insurance industry, David Cordani isn't quaking.

Cordani is the CEO of Cigna, the nation's fourth-largest health insurer. He says the insurance industry started changing itself before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010. And the changes will continue regardless of what happens at the high court.

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10:08am

Mon April 2, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 11:35 am

Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman Portraits of the Mind

"Mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into," says the poet Diane Ackerman. "If a mind is just a few pounds of blood, dream and electric, how does it manage to contemplate itself? Worry about its soul? Do time and motion studies? Admire the shy hooves of a goat? Know that it will die?

...How can a neuron feel compassion?"

Yes, how?

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10:05am

Mon April 2, 2012
Arts & Life

Fashion's New 'It' Girl ... And Boy: Andrej Pejic

During a recent photo shoot, Andrej Pejic poses on a rooftop in New York City. The 20-year-old has modeled both menswear and women's wear for some of the world's top designers.
Richard Drew AP

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