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11:54am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Tenn. Immigrants Excited About new Federal Program

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s most prominent immigrant rights group say the state’s undocumented population is excited about the launch of a new federal program that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Starting today, young illegal immigrants can apply for a new Homeland Security Department program that lets them stay in the U.S. and get work permits.

Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.

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11:49am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws

A statue of Elvis that stands on famed Beale Street in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans are expected to pay respects to the rock 'n' roll icon during a candlelight vigil at Graceland tonight marking the 35th anniversary of his death.

The vigil is just one of many Elvis Week activities, the annual celebration of Presley's life and career. Jonathan Lyons of the Memphis Visitor’s Bureau says Elvis week accounts for the biggest slice of the $3 billion tourists spend in Shelby County annually.

Lyons says this year’s highlight is a concert that features a virtual Elvis.

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12:33pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Study Puts Numbers to the Voter Photo ID Controversy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study released this week suggests voter fraud is almost non-existent in Tennessee and across the country.

The study was conducted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation.

The study shows that only 14 cases of voter fraud have been alleged in Tennessee in the past 12 years. To date, only five cases have led to convictions.

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12:21pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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New Murfreesboro Mosque Prepares for Eid-ul-Fitr

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro says it plans to celebrate the end of Ramadan this Sunday in its new mosque.

The Mid-State congregation worshiped in their new facility for the first time this past Friday. Mosque Board Member Saleh Sbenaty says it was an incredibly exciting day.

“It just cannot be described. I mean you should have seen the kids and how excited they were. The elders who were crying as they entered the mosque.”

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11:36am

Mon August 13, 2012
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State Resists Adding Political Parties to November Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The state elections director says Green Party candidates in Tennessee will not be listed on the agency's website until Aug. 30.

Mark Goins tells the Tennessean that's the deadline for the state to publish an official list of candidates running in November's general election.

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