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11:49am

Tue March 19, 2013
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Rutherford County Deputy Caught in Drug Sting

Former Rutherford County deputy Luis Reynoldo Parra-Flores, 36, joined the department in January 2008
Credit courtesy Rutherford County Sheriff's Department

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Deputy Luis Reynoldo Parra Flores was charged by federal authorities yesterday after a joint DEA, Nashville Police operation arrested Flores when he tried to take possession of five kilograms of cocaine from a drug courier at Nashville International Airport on March 13.

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10:29am

Tue March 19, 2013
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Tenn. ACLU Holds Annual Rights Conference for Students

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  High school students from all around the mid-state will converge on Nashville Wednesday to explore their constitutional rights.

The gathering is an annual event sponsored by the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and is open to all public and private high school students.

Sruthi Madhu, a student at Brentwood’s Ravenwood High, will be attending the conference, and says she finds the topics to be addressed timely.

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12:38pm

Wed March 13, 2013
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UT Will Again Seek Permission for Fracking Project

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  University of Tennessee officials will be back in Nashville this Friday to ask the state for permission to drill for oil in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Forest using a controversial extraction process called fracking.

UT says it wants to conduct research on the fracking process, which involves using explosives to crush oil bearing stone, then using chemicals under pressure to extract the oil.

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11:04am

Tue March 12, 2013
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Coalition to Help Fight Anti-Abortion Amendment

Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, District 13
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Members of a new coalition say they plan to assist with a statewide campaign to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion scheduled to be on the ballot next year.

That amendment would allow the state to enact laws requiring a 48-hour waiting period for abortions and requiring all but first-term abortions to be performed in hospitals.

Members of Healthy and Free Tennessee spoke to reporters at a news conference yesterday. Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Knoxville Democrat, was one of the event’s speakers.

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11:01am

Tue March 12, 2013
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Trial Begins in Case of Newborn Twins Killed

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The trial of a Hendersonville woman charged with murder in the smothering death of her newborn twins got underway Tuesday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Lindsay Lowe told police she hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the boys at home in September, 2011. Police say she then smothered them so her parents wouldn’t hear their cries.

In his opening remarks, District Attorney General Ray Whitley read part of the statement police say Lowe made under questioning.

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