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6:05am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Tenn. January Unemployment Increases Slightly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for January was 7.7 percent, a slight increase from the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said Thursday that there are more than 2.8 million people employed in Tennessee.

That's the highest employment total for the state since December 2007.

The unemployment rate for last December was 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 7,600 jobs between December and January.

6:01am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Cuts Coming to Federal Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Labor and Workforce Development Department says more than 30,000 Tennesseans receiving federal unemployment benefits will see their payments reduced because of automatic federal budget cuts that took effect this month.

The department said in a news release issued Thursday that people will start being notified by mail detailing the reduction in their benefits no later than March 22.

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8:21am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics

Bill Allowing State College IDs to Vote Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee 8-0 on Tuesday with little debate.

The proposal doesn’t allow library cards issued by local governments, an issue that's been debated in court for about a year now.

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7:36am

Wed March 6, 2013
Sports

Middle Tenn Determined to Earn NCAA Tourney Berth

Credit goblueraiders.com'

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Kermit Davis wants his Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to seize control of their postseason destiny this year.

The Blue Raiders thought they had an NCAA tournament team a season ago before losing their regular season finale and in the Sun Belt Conference tournament quarterfinals. They wound up in the National Invitation Tournament.

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11:54am

Fri February 22, 2013
Top Stories

German Home-Schooling Family Seeks Asylum in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A couple who fled to Middle Tennessee from Germany with their five children has asked a federal appeals court to grant them asylum in the U.S.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided this week to hear oral arguments in April.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike removed their children from a German school in 2006 because they felt it was turning the children against the family's Christian values.

Attendance in a state-approved school is required in Germany, and parents who violate the law can face fines, jail and possible custody loss.

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