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6:19am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Significant Tuition Hikes Likely at State Colleges, Tech Schools

Credit Emily West for WMOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WEST) — Tennessee college students attending classes in the fall could see nearly a 9 percent hike in their tuition.

The Tennessee Board of Regents oversees six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

It's proposing a nearly 7 percent tuition increase for its universities, just under 6 percent for community colleges and 8.5 percent for its technical institutions.

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6:11am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Mid-State Couple in Custody Dispute Seek Adoption

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee foster parents who raised a child for eight years before she was returned to her birth father have filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of the father.

David and Kim Hodgin filed the petition to officially adopt 9-year-old Sonya McCaul on June 6.

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12:16pm

Tue June 17, 2014
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Tennessee Holding Earthquake Response Exercise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-rihd) fault.

The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.

Jeremy Heidt with Tennessee Emergency Management says the state takes the threat the New Madrid fault poses very seriously.

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10:01am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Painful New Virus Symptoms Can Last a Year or More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials confirm that a new mosquito-borne virus has made its way to Tennessee.

The State Department of Health says a West Tennessee resident has tested positive for the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus. State epidemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says Tennesseans traveling to the Caribbean are bringing the virus home with them.

Moncayo says the virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include a high fever and severe joint pain.

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9:30am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Risky Behavior and Tennessee Teens: Driving

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -  Car crashes are the single biggest killer of Tennessee teens and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says texting isn’t helping.

In its annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the CDC reports that 41.4 percent of American teens report texting while driving. Tennessee teens were only slightly less likely to text and drive at 41.1 percent.

The CDC’s Stephanie Zaza urges parents to step in to stop any behavior that takes a teen's attention away from the road.

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