Thu October 17, 2013

Tennessee Congressional Delegation Divided Over Fed Restart

A webcam shot of the U.S. Capital building taken Thursday morning.
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s congressional delegation was divided over Wednesday night’s vote to re-open the government and raise the federal debt ceiling.

Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers were back at work Thursday morning after 16 days off the job. The workers have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Tennessee’s Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both voted for yesterday’s compromise legislation. The state’s two Democratic Representatives, Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen, also voted for the bill.

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Thu October 17, 2013

Murfreesboro Mayor Bragg Will Not Seek Reelection in 2014

Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg
Credit City of Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg has announced that he won’t seek reelection next year.

Bragg was first elected in 2002 and is well into his third four-year term.

Bragg is a Murfreesboro native and the son of long-time state legislator John Bragg who died in 2004.

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Wed October 16, 2013

Mid-State Student Soldiers Angry About Federal Shutdown

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A Tennessee Army National Guardsman enrolled at a mid-state university says the budget impasse in Washington has a lot of his fellow student soldiers wondering whether it’s time to drop out of school.

Malcolm Stallard is a member of the Bravo student soldier support group on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Stallard says there’s a lot of anger in the on-campus military community over the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis.

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Mon October 14, 2013

Dean Says Same Sex Benefits the "Right Thing" for Nashville

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says offering benefits to the same sex partners of Metro employees is the right thing to do and is a matter of tolerance.

Dean told The Tennessean (http://bit.ly/GNILwn ) he supports the idea as long as it makes financial sense for the city.

A panel is being formed to study the cost of such a policy change.

Dean, a Democrat, says he's not "driven by a political agenda."

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Wed October 9, 2013

Tennesseans Arrested in Washington During Immigration Rally

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennesseans were among 211 demonstrators arrested yesterday in Washington.

The protesters were arrested after blocking a main street near the Capitol during a massive immigration reform rally.

Three mid-state residents were among those arrested. Brenda Perez, Tristan Call and Jack Willey were held by Capital Police overnight and released early this morning.

Brenda Perez says they joined thousands of immigration activists from across the country hoping to get immigration reform back on track.

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