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3:21pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Sports

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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12:49pm

Thu February 23, 2012
Early Voting Has Already Begun on Measure

Maury County Set to Vote on Metro Proposal

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — The Maury County Commission has voted to oppose metropolitan government in the county.

Commissioners voted 15-3-3 Tuesday on the proposed consolidation. According to The Daily Herald (columbiadailyherald.com), three other legislative bodies in the county have also opposed the change.

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12:22pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Black Ministers Enter Voter-Photo ID Fray

NAACP Statewide Voter Registration Effort

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The NAACP in Chattanooga is helping lead a statewide effort to recruit black ministers to get out the vote.

Joe Rowe is vice president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP. Rowe says he’s contacted all 42 chapters of the Tennessee NAACP, as well as a number of youth organizations, and ministers statewide to promote a plan to increase voter participation.

From now until the presidential election in November, the NAACP will organize marches, host voter registration drives and offer transportation to the polls.

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11:33am

Wed February 8, 2012
Haslam Proposes Lifting Class Size Limits

Governor's Education Plan Gets Chilly Reception

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators.

The Republican is calling the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to hike teacher salaries. Haslam told reporters after visiting a Maury County middle school Tuesday that Tennessee is the only state to set maximums for both total and average class sizes.

Haslam says increasing class size means schools could get by with fewer teachers, freeing up the money needed to pay the remaining teachers higher salaries.

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11:18am

Wed February 8, 2012
More than 37,000 Sign On-line Petition

Nashville Woman Challenges Banking Giant

Occupy Nashville is using the website change.org to gather support for a Nashville woman facing foreclosure.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 37,000 people have signed an online petition calling on JP Morgan Chase & Co. not to foreclose on an elderly Nashville woman.

A news release from petition website change.org says Helen Bailey is a 78-year-old homeowner who has paid her mortgage for years. It says she fell behind on payments due to medical bills.

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