Wed February 26, 2014

Petition Drive Supports Common Core in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Thousands of Tennesseans have signed a petition supporting the state's Common Core education standards amid efforts by some lawmakers to do away with them.

A statewide alliance of more than 400 business, community and education organizations in Tennessee released the petition yesterday with more than 9,000 signatures.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce was one of the organizations participating. The Chamber’s Adam Lister signed the petition.

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Wed February 26, 2014
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Mid-State Researcher Not Optimistic About Ukraine's Future

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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP/WMOT) — A mid-state researcher who specializes in the former Soviet States is not optimistic about Ukraine’s chances of forming a stable democracy in the short-term.

Professor Andrei Korobkov directs the Russian Studies program at Middle Tennessee State University. He notes that Ukraine is badly fractured along ethnic lines.

“Ukraine right now has about 47 million population. More than 10 million of those are ethnic Russians, and the remainder is divided between Easterners and Westerners.”

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Tue February 25, 2014
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Burned Worker Dies, Experts Begin Explosion Investigation

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) — A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing plant explosion has died.

Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen told WMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1k6Teo5) on Monday night that Michael Chism, who was burned over 90 percent of his body in Saturday's blast, had died.

A response team of chemists, engineers and bomb technicians assembled by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms began its investigation of the blast at Kilgore Flares plant in Toone on Monday.

Kilgore makes air and naval decoy flares for the military.

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Mon February 24, 2014
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Bills Seek to Tackle Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, Tennessee and several other states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

The New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in Memphis alone. By contrast, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms in the entire state of Texas.

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Wed February 19, 2014

Region's Summer Music Festival Season Already Heating Up

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Summer is still a long way off, but the region’s music festival scene is heating up with one mid-state festival already sold out.

The Country Music Association says its June festival concerts at LP Field are sold out, even though the final lineup for the shows hasn’t yet been announced.

Last week the late the June lineup for ROMP the Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky was announced. Headliners will include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and Del McCoury.

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