12:57pm

Wed March 14, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU, Veterans Affairs Partner to Bring VetSuccess to Campus

 Military veterans soon will be receiving a career and vocational boost with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and MTSU.

The VA and MTSU are entering into a partnership called VetSuccess on Campus. MTSU will become the first university in Tennessee and one of only 16 nationwide to be a part of VetSuccess.

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12:49pm

Wed March 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Pew Poll: Good News, Bad News For Romney

The cacophony of hoots being directed at Mitt Romney Wednesday for his poor performances in Alabama and Mississippi primaries is somewhat curious, especially since it was the conventional wisdom as recently as last week that the Deep South was likely to be very tough going for him.

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12:44pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Parties Bickering Over Pace of Confirmations

Lamar Alexander Chastises Majority Leader Reid

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is firing back at Majority Leader Harry Reid over comments the Democrat made concerning a Republican filibuster.

Republicans are holding up 17 Obama Administration  judicial nominations.  Reid is hoping to pull together the 60 votes he needs to limit debate on the appointments and force a vote.

The Majority Leader says he’s acting in response to the slow pace of confirmations of Obama's picks for the federal bench. He said Republicans should end the delays immediately to ease the backlog of cases in federal courts.

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12:37pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Games Bring 30,000 Visitors to Middle Tennessee

TSSAA Basketball Championship Games Underway

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Alcoa and Marshall County took the court Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro for the first game of the Tennessee high-school boys basketball championships.

An estimated 30,000 student athletes and their supporters are in Middle Tennessee this week for the annual Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association tournament.  The games are being held at Murphy Center on the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Kendra Tate drove over from East Tennessee to see her son Trey play for Alcoa.

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12:26pm

Wed March 14, 2012
WX Service Says Sixth Warmest Winter on Record

Unusual Winter, Unusual Spring

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee isn't the only part of the country enjoying unusually warm temperatures. Golfers are already hitting the links in Minnesota.

From the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast, areas where residents are normally bundled up against the cold in March are enjoying clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Forecasters say spring is early and here to stay.

The National Weather Service says the weather pattern is a random, normal fluctuation and can be attributed in part to a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean.

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12:19pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Afghanistan

For Afghans, Two Outrages, Two Different Reactions

The Afghan response to Sunday's shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians has been limited compared with the recent outrage over the burning of Qurans. In one of the few protests, demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday.
Rahmat Gul AP

After U.S. troops inadvertently burned Qurans in Afghanistan last month, Afghans staged nationwide riots that left 40 dead and hundreds injured in unrest that lasted days.

In the days since 16 Afghan civilians were shot dead on Sunday, apparently by a lone U.S. soldier, the Afghan reaction has been relatively restrained so far.

Why such different responses? It can seem especially confounding to Americans, who consider the shooting a far graver offense than the Quran burnings.

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12:08pm

Wed March 14, 2012
U.S.

Please Read This Story, Thank You

Politeness seems to be falling by the wayside these days, with phrases like "you're welcome" replaced by the more casual "you bet" or "no problem." Good manners were more the norm in 1960, when these kids at a junior theatrical school learned how to curtsy and bow.
Chris Ware Keystone Features/Getty Images

Listen to the conversations around you — colleagues at the office, customers in the coffeehouse line, those who serve you, those you serve, the people you meet each day. "Give me a tall latte." "Hand me that hammer." "Have a good one."

Notice anything missing? The traditional magic words "please" and "thank you" that many people learn as children appear to be disappearing.

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11:43am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Vehicle Explodes On Airfield In Afghanistan, Where Panetta Landed

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 3:31 pm

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, center, is greeted by Col. John Shafer, left, with RTC 6 Wednesday at Foward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan. As Panetta was landing at another base, an Afghan drove a truck onto the airfield until it crashed and exploded.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Pentagon says an Afghan drove a stolen truck onto the airfield of a British base in southern Afghanistan at high speeds until it crashed into a ditch and exploded into flames.

The incident at Camp Bastion happened around the same time that U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta landed in the country.

"At no point was the Secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident," the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

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11:31am

Wed March 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Chill Out For A Better Workout

This would be a lot more fun on the rocks.
iStockphoto.com

Cooling a person's hands while exercising can make for a better workout, especially for people who hate to exercise because it makes them all hot and sweaty.

This might help the many, many people who have a hard time keeping up with exercise because it's just plain uncomfortable.

Researchers tested the idea with obese women in their 30s and 40s who worked out on a treadmill. The women whose palms were cooled with a device that circulated ice water were able to exercise longer than the women whose palms were exposed to room temperature water.

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11:30am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

25-Year-Old Sets Record As Iditarod's Youngest Winner

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 am

Dallas Seavey holds his leaders, Diesel, left, and Guiness, after he arrived at the finish line to claim victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Marc Lester Anchorage Daily News/Landov

There's a new record in the Iditarod: A 25 year old has become the youngest musher to win the approximately thousand-mile trans-Alaskan sled dog race.

Dallas Seavey slid into Nome, Alaska, at 7:29 p.m. yesterday with nine dogs, finishing the race in nine days, four hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds.

"We went into this race with a dog team that I knew had the ability to win the Iditarod," Seavey said in a post-race press conference in Nome. "We spent most of the race building a monster – a dog team that couldn't be stopped."

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