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8:51am

Thu January 17, 2013
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Strong Reaction in Tenn. to Obama Gun Control Measures

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — President Obama's proposals for curbing gun violence have drawn strong reaction here in Tennessee.

The president made his sweeping proposals Wednesday, a month after the Connecticut school shooting that left six teachers and 20 students dead. The president called for universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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10:54am

Tue January 15, 2013
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Hemlock Layoffs a Setback for Mid-State Economy

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Hemlock Semiconductor is laying off three-fourths of employees at its Clarksville plant shortly before production was set to begin there.

The $1.2 billion plant near the Kentucky border was scheduled to start production of polycrystalline silicon this year. The compound is used in solar energy panels.

Officials of the Michigan-based company met with reporters at the Leaf-Chronicle newspaper Tuesday and said the company is laying off 300 of its 400 employees in Clarksville.

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11:29am

Mon January 14, 2013
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Bad Weather Weekend, More on the Way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Bad weather over the weekend, and more bad weather expected in the next 24 hours continues to dominate the news in Middle Tennessee.

With the ground already saturated, weekend storms and heavy downpours caused wide-spread problems. There were flood warnings for several Middle Tennessee counties, as well as some tornado warnings.

Humphries County officials evacuated residents of a mobile home park in Waverly Sunday as water rose there. Rutherford County also reported problems Sunday. Tim Hooker is with the County’s Emergency Management Agency.

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10:04am

Fri January 11, 2013
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Tennessee Hit Hard by an Early Flu Season

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NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — Health officials say the flu is more widespread across the nation this year, and Tennessee is one of the states hardest hit.

Flu season started early this winter, and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu is widespread in 47 states.

Dr. Kelly Moore  is with the Tennessee Department of Health.

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9:46am

Fri January 11, 2013
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HOPE Scholarship Funds Running Out for Some

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Some students may lose their lottery scholarships just as they enter their final semester, thanks to a bill passed by the Tennessee legislature two years ago.

A 2011 statute limits HOPE Scholarship funding to the minimum hours required for a degree program.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, nearly 3,000 students are expected to run out of scholarship funding over the next two years, before the end of their fourth year in school.

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