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1:02pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Annual Event Promotes Disaster Preparedness

The Great Shakeout Returns to Tennessee

More than 250,000 Tennesseans participated in last year's Great Shakeout earthquake drill.
Central U.S. Great Shakeout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This is Tennessee's annual Earthquake Awareness Week, which includes the second annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut drill.

The drill at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning will mark the 200th anniversary of the largest of the great New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812, which created West Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake.

A spokesman for Tennessee Emergency Management says, even this far east, we will feel a big quake’s impact.

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12:31pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Protester Arrested in October Reacts to Measure

Bill Aimed at Occupy Protesters Advances

Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland, Tennessee, is the House sponsor of Legislation intended to dislodge Occupy protesters from Legislative Plaza.
Tenn. General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A proposal that seeks to prevent Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight on the plaza next to the state Capitol advanced in the Tennessee General Assembly yesterday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland was approved on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Subcommittee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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12:20pm

Thu February 2, 2012
InterVarsity One of the Groups on Probation

Christan Groups React to Vandy Policy Changes

A statue of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in front of Kirkland Hall on the VU campus.
Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Registered campus groups at Vanderbilt University are no longer permitted to bar students who don't share the groups' mission or beliefs from leadership positions.

That non-discrimination policy was reiterated at a packed campus meeting Tuesday night. A university spokesperson says all students must be able to join a student group and run for leadership positions in order for it to be registered.

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12:58pm

Wed February 1, 2012
State Attorney General Appealing Case

Fisk Art Sale Case Back in Court...Again

Georgia O'Keeffe during her time at the University of Virginia
Rufus W. Holsinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — The state of Tennessee is appealing an appeals court ruling in a dispute over Fisk University's effort to generate cash from an art collection donated to the school by the late painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

O'Keeffe stipulated that the collection could not be sold or broken up. But Fisk has argued it needs to complete a $30 million deal to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.

Here's what Tennessee Attorney Bob Cooper told WMOT about the case.

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12:12pm

Tue January 31, 2012
$127 Million Science Building Proposed for MTSU

Governor's Budget Proposal Good News for Tenn. Higher Education

The planned MTSU Science Building, shown in this artist's rendering, will be located on the south side of campus adjacent to the James E. Walker Library on the site of the old Wood, Felder, Gore and Clement dorms.
Thomas Miller & Partners PLLC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State address to the Tennessee General Assembly last night.

Haslam spent much of the 40 minute speech laying out his budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The governor's more than $31 billion proposal relies on rebounding revenues to avoid more drastic cuts the state would have faced otherwise.

Among other proposals, the governor is calling for raises for state employees, more spending on construction on college campuses and tax cuts on food and inheritance.

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