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2:00pm

Fri September 21, 2012
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Benefit for MTSU Student Who Died of Meningitis

MURFREESBORO, TN (AP/WMOT) – A benefit will be held Sunday night in Murfreesboro for the family of former Middle Tennessee State University student Jacob Nunley.

Nunley died at Vanderbilt Medical Center September 10th while being treated for bacterial meningitis.

Eighteen year-old Nunley was a Dyersburg native, a freshmen at MTSU, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

WSMV-TV reports that the fraternity will hold a benefit for Nunley’s family Sunday night at the Boulevard Bar and Grill in Murfreesboro from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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1:45pm

Fri September 21, 2012
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Tennessean Says Child Deaths Need Closer Look

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services says 31 children whose care the department had under investigation died in the first half of this year.

Tennessean reporter Anita Wadhwani and state Rep. Sherry Jones partnered to bring the numbers to light.

According to Wadhwani, 10 of the children were the subjects of ongoing investigations by DCS. None of those children were more than one year old.

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12:51pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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Atheist Group Says Prayers at Vols Games are Illegal

Game day at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.
Univ. of Tennessee Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — University of Tennessee officials say prayer before football games at Neyland Stadium does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, the university is preparing a formal response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). University spokeswoman Margie Nichols says the administration believes there is no reason to halt the tradition of a pre-kickoff invocation.

Annie-Laurie Gaylor is co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin, based FFRF.

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12:41pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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Humane Society Disapointed in Horse Soring Sentence

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a Tennessee walking horse trainer caught abusing horses in an undercover video to three years' probation and fined him $75,000.

The video, shot by informants for the Humane Society, shows Jackie McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand.

The process is called soring and is used to enhance the horses' high-stepping gait.

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6:36am

Fri September 7, 2012
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Political Whodunit Puts Spotlight on Williamson County

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A political whodunit has the national media focused on Williamson County.

The Secret Service was in Franklin Thursday investigating claims that someone burglarized a PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting office there and stole two decades' worth of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.

Authorities are studying computer thumb drives that were delivered with an unusual demand: a $1 million payment in hard-to-trace "Bitcoin" internet currency.

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