Wed June 13, 2012
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More College Tuition Hikes Likely on the Way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University students in Tennessee are likely facing still more tuition increases.

The finance committee of the state Board of Regents met Tuesday and unanimously recommended increases at its six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers.

The proposed hikes vary in size, with East Tennessee State University seeing the highest increase at 7.2 percent. Austin Peay made the smallest request at 3.4 percent.

Students here at Middle Tennessee State University would see a 6.8 percent tuition increase if the plan is approved.

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Mon June 11, 2012
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MTSU Making Efforts to Increase Graduation Rate

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is making efforts to increase its graduation rate. Just over half its students are currently completing college within six years.

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 53 percent of MTSU students who began in fall 2004 graduated by 2010. That was fourth best among the state's four-year public universities. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was tops with 67 percent. Tennessee Tech had a 55 percent graduation rate, and UT-Martin's rate was 54 percent.

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Tue June 5, 2012
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Tennessee Farmers "Resigned" to Subsidy Changes

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers may disappear soon with hardly a protest from Tennessee farm groups and politicians.

As early as today, the U.S. Senate could begin debating a five-year farm and food aid bill that would save $9.3 billion by ending direct payments to farmers. The details are still to be worked out. But there's rare agreement that fixed annual subsidies of $5 billion a year for farmers are no longer feasible in this age of tight budgets.

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Tue June 5, 2012
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A Positive Outlook for Blue Raider Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Sports writer Justin Beasley takes a look at Blue Raider baseball's spring 2012 season and sees reason to be optimistic about 2013.

Use the link above to listen to WMOT's conversation with Justin.

You can find Justin's full review at


Mon June 4, 2012
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MTSU Students Aid in Japan Disaster Recovery

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (NELSON) --  Student volunteers from Middle Tennessee State University are headed to Japan to help with the nation’s ongoing disaster recovery.

Ten students and two professors from MTSU left the Mid-State Monday morning to participate in a restoration mission in Fukushima, Japan.

According to a press statement from Middle Tennessee State, 95 percent of the rubble remains to be cleared away following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that killed nearly 16,000 people.  

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