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8:30am

Wed January 9, 2013
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Kyle wants GOP Senate caucus meetings open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee’s top Democrats is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.

During the first day of session yesterday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting today.

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7:09am

Fri January 4, 2013
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Five Finalists Named for UTC Chancellor Post

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has narrowed its list of finalists for chancellor.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the search committee said Wednesday that five candidates remain and they will visit the campus to meet with students, faculty and staff, beginning next week.

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6:58am

Fri January 4, 2013
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Tennessee Says Jobless Benefits Extended

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee residents will continue to get federal extended unemployment benefits for at least another year.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had warned late last month that the benefits were about to expire.

But the agency announced this week that they have been extended through Jan. 1, 2014.

Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted their state benefits. The legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective.

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6:56am

Fri January 4, 2013
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More Tenn. Tornadoes, but Fewer Deaths in 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee had more tornadoes than usual in 2012, but they caused fewer deaths.

Data from the National Weather Service shows 34 recorded tornadoes statewide last year — 20 of them occurring in March.

NWS meteorologist Bobby Boyd in Nashville said the average year brings 21 tornadoes in Tennessee, based on data from 1981-2010. There is an average of five tornado-caused deaths per year. In 2012, three people were killed.

The year with the largest number of tornadoes was 2011, when 113 of them struck, killing 34 people.

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7:23am

Thu January 3, 2013
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College Goal Tennessee Begins This Saturday at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's College Goal Sunday is moving to Saturday this year.

The program assists students who plan to attend any college to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Families should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their last paycheck stub for 2012.

The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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