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7:37pm

Tue October 9, 2012
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Tenn. Meningitis Outbreak Deaths Rise to 6

ASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six.

Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39. The cases all stem from steroid injections for back pain and officials say evidence points to contaminated medicine as the cause of the rare disease.

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2:23pm

Mon October 8, 2012
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Tennessean Heads U.S. World Amatuer Golf Team, Wins

Steven Fox celebrates his winning 18-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole to claim the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C.
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ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — A young man from Middle Tennessee led the U.S. team to the World Amateur Team Golf Championship in Turkey over the weekend.

U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox hails from Hendersonville. He attended Hendersonville High and is currently a student at UT Chattanooga..

Along with teammates from Idaho and Kentucky Fox scored a combined 54-hole total of 24-under 404, a record score.

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2:10pm

Mon October 8, 2012
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Another Meningitis Fatality in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee has suffered another fatality resulting from a deadly meningitis outbreak.  

Health officials say the number of people sickened has now reached 105 cases. Eight people have died, four in Tennessee.

The fungal meningitis outbreak has been tied to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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2:05pm

Mon October 8, 2012
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New Jobless Benefits on Declining Scale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State labor officials have begun enforcing new unemployment requirements passed by the Legislature.

WMOT-FM (http://bit.ly/VRBvTq ) reported that the longer a person is jobless, the less salary he or she can refuse and still keep unemployment benefits.

After 13 weeks, for example, a person offered a job at 75 percent of previous salary could lose benefits for not accepting it.

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11:54am

Fri October 5, 2012
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Tennessee's Employment Forecast: "The Fog is Pretty Thick."

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

The U.S. Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.

The State of Tennessee won’t release its unemployment numbers for September for another two weeks, but joblessness in Tennessee has been climbing steadily in recent months. The unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent in August.

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