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12:21pm

Fri June 28, 2013
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Police Need Help Identifying Robbery Suspect

Murfreesboro Police are looking for the man in this bank photo in connection with a robbery of the Bank of America at 120 E. Main St. June 28, 2013
Credit Murfreesboro Police

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Bank of America on East Main in Murfreesboro was robbed Thursday afternoon and police hope you can identify the suspect from surveillance photos.

A teller at the bank says a man stepped up to her window Thursday afternoon at about 2:30 and handed her two, small, brown paper bags and a note demanding money.

The note said that the teller would die if the instructions weren’t followed. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled in what bank employees believe was a white mini-van.

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8:57am

Thu June 27, 2013
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Judge Says DCS Official Should Go to Jail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has suggested someone from the Department of Children's Services should go to jail for making extensive redactions to the records of children who died.

Judge Carol McCoy earlier this year ruled that the department had to release to the media the records of children who had died or nearly died after DCS was supposed to be helping them. She authorized some redactions, but a recent batch of 44 files blacked out a lot of other information.

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10:00am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Vandy Professor: Affirmative Action Alive and Well

Claire Smrekar is an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.
Credit vanderbilt.edu

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Colleges and Universities can continue to use affirmative action in admissions thanks to a ruling from the United States Supreme Court.

Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Claire Smrekar specializes in issues of affirmative action in education. She says yesterday’s ruling reaffirmed the constitutional underpinnings of affirmative action.

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6:21am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Report: 1-in-4 Tenn. Children Lives in Poverty

Credit aecf.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A report on the well-being of children in Tennessee shows the state has improved in key areas despite a drop in its ranking.

The annual Kid’s Count report is produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with assistance from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

Tennessee now ranks 39th when it comes to overall child well-being, a drop from last year's ranking of 36th. However, foundation spokesperson Laura Speers says Tennessee did show marked improvement in the area of children’s health.

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6:02am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Rally Against Gun Violence to be Held in Nashville

Credit mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Survivors of gun violence are expected to be among those participating in a Nashville rally on Wednesday to support legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers.

The rally is part of a national effort by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America.

A measure to expand background checks has failed in the U.S. Senate.

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