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7:06pm

Sat April 7, 2012
New Completion Date is 2015

$2 Billion TVA Reactor Cost Overruns

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority cost estimate to complete Unit 2 at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn.,  has been revised upward to $4.5 billion.

The earlier estimate in 2007 had been $2.5 billion.

In a statement released Thursday, the federal utility blamed the increase on poor previous estimates and that reviews to support the initial estimate were not completed.

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11:38am

Thu April 5, 2012
2011 Crime Up More than 4% Over 2010

Tennessee Colleges Report Crime Stats for 2011

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Crime is up significantly on Tennessee college campuses.

According to a report released yesterday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, crime at state schools increased by more than 4 percent last year.

Of the several universities located here in Middle Tennessee, Fisk University appears to have fared the worst in 2011.  The report indicates Fisk had the mid-state’s worst crime ratios for assault, theft, and drug violations.

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11:32am

Thu April 5, 2012
Ramsey Says Other Business Issues More Pressing

Senate Speaker Scolds Chamber of Commerce

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is chiding the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce for focusing on a bill to guarantee workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.

The Blountville Republican acknowledged Wednesday that the guns-in-parking-lots measure involves prickly property rights issues, but said he expects to reach a compromise on the matter.

In a recent interview with WMOT, Chief Policy Officer Mark Hill was adamant about the chamber’s opposition.

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4:05pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Will the Measure Make Tennessee Less Competitive?

Governor Says He'll Sign "Monkey" Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 90 years after the Scopes "monkey trial," the state of Tennessee is close to enacting a law that critics say renews the attack on evolution.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he’ll likely sign the bill, which would protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

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3:58pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Violent Crime Up 20 Percent

TBI Releases Annual "Crime on Campus" Report

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released it’s “Crime on Campus” report for 2011 and the numbers are sobering.

The TBI said Wednesday that crime on the state’s college campuses increased by more than 4 percent last year. Kristin Helm is a TBI spokesperson.

“The types of crimes that are increasing on college campus include drugs and narcotics violations, sex offenses, theft, and overall assaults.”

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