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9:51am

Wed November 2, 2011
Cornerstone Church Provides New Venue

Anti-Sharia Conference Finds New Host

          An anti-Shariah conference has been moved to a suburban church after a downtown Nashville hotel canceled the group's reservation.

          The Nov. 11 event billed as "The Constitution or Sharia? A Freedom Conference" will now be held at the Cornerstone Church in Madison.

          The gathering was set to meet at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel, but lost that venue when the hotel owners decided that the scheduled speakers were too controversial.

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9:45am

Wed November 2, 2011
ACLU Represents Protesters in Court

Occupy Nashville Wins "Temporary" Victory

          The state of Tennessee has agreed, at least temporarily, to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge Occupy Nashville protesters from the grounds around the Tennessee Capitol.

          The protesters went to federal court yesterday seeking a temporary restraining order against Gov. Bill Haslam saying the curfew and arrests of dozens of supporters violated their rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.

          Protesters were represented in court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

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9:41am

Wed November 2, 2011
Informational Meetings Held in All 95 Counties

Voter Photo ID Law Prompts Statewide Q&A

          State officials say elections offices across Tennessee will host outreach programs today to inform voters about a new requirement.

          A state law that takes effect Jan. 1 requires voters to show valid photo identification at the polls.

          State election officials believe this is the first time in Tennessee history that such an education project has been held n all 95 counties on the same day.

          Rutherford County has scheduled its meeting for 5:30 this evening at the County Courthouse.

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10:33am

Mon October 31, 2011
ACLU May File Lawsuit

Two Nights, No New Occupy Arrests

A second night with no new arrests in Nashville on Legislative Plaza. Occupy Nashville protesters are, once again, occupying the plaza around the clock.

After the Haslam Administration imposed new restrictions on protests last Thursday, Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a couple of dozen protesters both Friday and Saturday.

But a metro night court commissioner refused to jail the protesters on both occasions, saying that the state had exceeded its authority.

Protest spokesperson Cecily Friday says the arrests have only stiffened protesters resolve.

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11:51am

Fri October 28, 2011
Tennesseans Don't Like Options Being Considered

MTSU Poll: Leave Scholarship Alone for Now

(AP) More results from the latest MTSU Poll out this week. 

A total of 640 Tennesseans were surveyed by phone; taking their pulse on political, social and economic issues.

Poll Director Ken Blake says the survey included questions about the state lottery funded scholarship.

Tennessee lawmakers met on Wednesday to consider ways to prevent the scholarship program from going broke.

State officials say it could run out of money in a little over a decade. Most of the scenarios being discussed would cut the number of students eligible or how much money they get.

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