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11:51am

Thu October 27, 2011
Hearings in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville

State Budget Hearings Hit the Road

(AP) Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll hold public budget hearings outside the Capitol for the first time when he begins the annual review at the University of Memphis this coming Wednesday.

The governor says he’ll also hold hearings in Knoxville, as well as at the usual site at the state Capitol. Haslam announced the changes in a video posted on YouTube yesterday.

The Governor says his goal is to assemble a budget proposal that can pass unanimously in the General Assembly, just as his first annual spending plan did back in May.

11:46am

Thu October 27, 2011
MTSU Poll Probes Education Issues

How Do Tennesseans Feel About Their Public Schools?

WMOT News bringing you results from the latest MTSU Poll each day this week.

MTSU surveyed 640 Tennesseans by phone, taking their pulse on political, social and economic issues.

One of the poll’s most interesting findings has to do with the way Tennesseans feel about their local schools and teachers.

Poll Director, Dr. Ken Blake, says state education concerns have been much in the news lately, so he wanted to probe resident's opinions on the subject.

Where school satisfaction is concerned, Blake says geography seems to be the deciding factor.

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12:26pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Secret Service Offers Suggestions

Bank Info. Stolen by ATM Skimmers

(AP) Federal investigators say there’s been a rash of cases of bank account information being stolen at ATMs in Nashville and Chattanooga.

Crooks are using a device called a skimmer, a card reader that’s placed over the regular card slots on bank machines to capture account information. They can also get your PIN number  by placing cameras near the ATM.

Agent Greg Mays says the Secret Service field office in Nashville, has investigated 10 cases of skimming in Nashville in the past year.

12:22pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Speaker Says Hotel "Caved" to Islamists

Anti-Islam Group Loses Nashville Event Venue

(AP) A Nashville hotel has canceled a conference by the Sharia Awareness Action Network.

 The Hutton Hotel, near downtown, says it was concerned the speakers include "extremists" with a history of contentious events.

The "Preserving Freedom Conference" had been scheduled for Nov. 11.  The hotel says it has to be, "mindful of the safety, security and peace of mind of its guests."

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12:14pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Poll Conducted Twice Yearly by MTSU

MTSU Poll Shows Tennesseans Unhappy with President Obama

Tennessee giving Republicans double digit leads over President Obama...just one of the results from the latest Middle Tennessee State University poll.

The twice yearly survey was conducted earlier this month with 640 Tennesseans interviewed by phone.

If the 2012 presidential election were held today, three Republican contenders would likely defeat President Obama in Tennessee.  

The survey shows Rommey, Perry and Cain all polling better than the president, with Romney getting the most nods from Tennesseans.

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