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Thu March 7, 2013
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Mild Winter May be Followed by a Warm Spring


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Middle Tennessee is wrapping up one of the warmest winters of the last 150 years.

Forecaster Trevor Boucher at the National Weather Service office in Nashville notes the meteorological winter was much warmer and a bit wetter than usual.

December through February averaged 4 degrees above the 30-year norm. Precipitation was 2.5 inches above normal for the period. The coldest reading of the winter was 17 degrees, recorded Feb. 1.

Spring officially arrives March 20, but Boucher says we’ve already turned the meteorological corner.

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Fri February 22, 2013
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German Home-Schooling Family Seeks Asylum in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A couple who fled to Middle Tennessee from Germany with their five children has asked a federal appeals court to grant them asylum in the U.S.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided this week to hear oral arguments in April.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike removed their children from a German school in 2006 because they felt it was turning the children against the family's Christian values.

Attendance in a state-approved school is required in Germany, and parents who violate the law can face fines, jail and possible custody loss.

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Fri February 22, 2013
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Econ Report Predicts Slow Growth in 2013 for Tennessee

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The University of Tennessee is out with a yearly economic forecast that state government uses to plan its budget and the outlook is mostly favorable.

The study, prepared by the UT Center for Business and Economic Research, predicts Tennessee’s economy will grow this year, but at an even slower pace than in 2012.

One of the factors contributing to slow growth is the end of a payroll tax holiday implemented two years ago.  UT’s Matt Murray, one of the report’s authors, says Tennessee retailers are already reporting lower sales.

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Thu February 21, 2013
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Tennessee Drug Deaths Up 250% in Past Decade

CHICAGO (AP/WMOT) — Drug overdose deaths are up dramatically here in Tennessee and in the nation.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there were more than 38,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide in 2010. Of those deaths, 1059 occurred here in Tennessee.

Prescription narcotics were involved in nearly 60 percent of those deaths, overshadowing those from illicit drugs. OxyContin and Vicodin contributed to 3 out of 4 medication overdose deaths.

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Wed February 20, 2013
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300 Involved in Near Riot in Downtown Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Eight people were arrested this past weekend following a near riot in the parking lot of a Murfreesboro night club.

Every available Murfreesboro police officer was called to the scene of a brawl early Sunday morning at the club Main Street Live on West Main downtown. In all, more than 15 officers responded, including officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

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