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10:23am

Thu January 24, 2013
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Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

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11:54am

Wed January 23, 2013
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Housing Construction Rebounds in Murfreesboro in 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Housing construction in Murfreesboro is finally seeing healthy levels of activity.

The city’s Planning Department issued a report this week on the number of permits issued in 2012 for single-family and multi-family housing.

The number of permits granted for the construction of single-family homes jumped by 35% last year over 2011. Murfreesboro didn’t issue any permits for the construction of apartment units in 2011, but issued more than 450 such permits in 2012.

Joesph Aydelott is the Planning Director  for the City of Murfreesboro’s.

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11:47am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Proposal Would Add Rights Advocate's Name to Tenn. Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis City Council member says he wants to honor a local civil rights champion by adding her name to a park currently named for the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The park is the gravesite of Confederate cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest and features an equestrian statue of him. A city official recently had a granite marker bearing the park name removed, saying it had not been approved by the city.

A local Sons of the Confederacy chapter paid for and placed the marker and say they did have city approval.

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11:43am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Court Considering UT Campus Free-Speech Challenge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court is weighing a southern Kentucky evangelical preacher's request to overturn the University of Tennessee's requirement that speakers on campus have sponsorship and get the approval of school administrators.

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10:51am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Four Decades Later, Roe vs. Wade Still Roils Tenn. Politics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.  Four decades later the ruling continues to fuel controversy here in Tennessee.

Hedy Weinberg of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contends the Tennessee Legislature is slowly chipping away at the reproductive rights of women.

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