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Fri November 16, 2012
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More Tuition Increases Likely for Tennessee College Students

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Tennessee’s college students were badly hurt by the recession.

Research out today from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission shows that the number of students likely to need financial aid to finish a university degree rose by nearly one-third in the five years between 2007 and 2011.

In spite of that finding, the Commission voted Thursday to recommend a new round of tuition increases for the state’s universities, community colleges and technical schools.

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Thu November 15, 2012
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How Many Tennesseans Will Die on Blackout Wednesday?

Credit MADD Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans are a week away from one of the most dangerous driving days of the year.

Officials have started referring to the day before Thanksgiving as Blackout Wednesday, because of the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday spikes by 30 percent compared to the rest of the year.

Flint Klaus is MADD’s Tennessee Director.

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Wed November 14, 2012
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Tenn. Students Facing Still More College Tuition Increases

Credit MTSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Higher education officials are recommending tuition increases at Tennessee's community colleges and universities.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission director Richard Rhoda told Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday that a hike of as much as 3 percent was being recommended for community colleges and up to 6 percent for universities.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the increases at its meeting later this week.

The commission was among the last of several state departments that presented budgets to the governor.

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Mon November 12, 2012
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Tennessee Health Insurance Exchange Decision Due Friday

President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March, 2010.
Credit White House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam appears to prefer to have Tennessee design its own health insurance exchange as required under Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. But resistance in the GOP-controlled General Assembly may cause the state to hand that power off to the federal government.

States have until Friday to inform the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whether they plan to set up their own health insurance markets.

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Fri November 9, 2012
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Memphis Policeman Critically Wounded by Fellow Officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say that an officer who was critically wounded by a fellow officer during the search of a home was shot by a shotgun.

Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said Friday that 32-year-old officer Willie Bryant was in critical but stable condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Rudolph said Bryant is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Police said Bryant and other officers were executing a drug-related search warrant at a north Memphis home Thursday when they were confronted by a dog.

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