Thu May 31, 2012
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Tennessee Works: The Non-Profit Sector

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues to look for those few thin slices of the Tennessee economy that prospered during the economic downturn. It’s part of series of stories we’re calling Tennessee Works.

Today, a look at the state’s non-profit sector with Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Non-Profit Management in Nashville.

Levine says Tennessee non-profits did surprisingly well in the downturn. He says, for example, that more restaurants went out of business than did non-profit agencies.

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Thu May 31, 2012
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Tenn. Voter Photo ID Law Still Stirring Debate

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s voter photo ID law is almost a year old, but the new requirements are still stirring controversy.

The measure will be the subject of what organizers are calling a "Voter Suppression Town Hall Meeting" planned for Thursday evening in Nashville.

Passed by the Republican controlled Tennessee legislature last June, the new law requires that voters present a state or federal photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.

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Wed May 30, 2012
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Judge Allows Mosque Construction to Continue

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Rutherford County judge has ruled that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s new mosque can continue for now. 

Opponents of the Murfreesboro Mosque convinced Judge Robert Corlew to nullify the county planning commission decision that approved it, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately.

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Tue May 29, 2012
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Middle Tenn. Gas Prices Continue to Fall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Gas prices continue to fall across the nation and here in Middle Tennessee.

The average price for regular gasoline has fallen five cents across the country in the past week to $3.63 according to Triple A’s daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average has fallen 18 cents in the past month and is currently 16 cents below the average price this time last year.

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Thu May 24, 2012
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Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrockets in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee saw a 23 percent increase last year in the number of prescriptions written for controlled substances.

In spite of efforts to crack down on the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic, a new report shows that nearly 18 million prescriptions for drugs like OxyContin and hydrocodone were dispensed in Tennessee in 2011.

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