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Fri October 5, 2012
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Fire Marshall Warns of Cold-Snap Fire Hazards

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With temperatures falling this weekend area fire departments are warning residents about fire hazards.

Murfreesboro Assistant Chief Fire Marshall Ken Honeycutt says he sees avoidable tragedies every year at this time as people turn on some type of heat.

Honeycutt says one problem he sees routinely in the fall is people pushing furniture up too close to wall-mounted, thermostat-controlled electric heaters during the summer months.

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Thu October 4, 2012
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Two New Challenges to Tennessee's Voter Photo ID Law

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City of Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is facing two new legal challenges.

Memphis officials are appealing a Nashville judge's ruling on the state requirement of photo identification for voting.

According to The Commercial Appeal, attorneys for the City of Memphis filed an appeal late Wednesday with the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The city claims the new requirement is a violation of the state constitution.

Memphis is asking for an emergency appeal and lawyers hope for an expedited ruling.

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Thu October 4, 2012
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JUST ONE QUESTION: State Rep. Joe Carr (R) Dist. 48

State Rep. Joe Carr, (R) Dist. 48
Tenn. General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With presidential debate season underway, WMOT  News is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance.

Today's question comes from State Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican legislator representing Tennessee's 48th district.

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Thu October 4, 2012
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Is Middle Tennessee's Housing Market Rebounding?

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages have fallen to fresh record lows for the second straight week. The declines suggest the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts are having an impact.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.36 percent, the lowest rate since long-term mortgages came into use in the 1950s.

The Fed is spending $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities. The goal is to lower mortgage rates and help the housing recovery.

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Wed October 3, 2012
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Big Mid-State Employer Sees Sales Decline

The 2012 Nissan LEAF

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Some disappointing sales numbers were released Wednesday by one of Middle Tennessee’s biggest employers.

Nissan reported a sales drop in September of 2.4 percent. The company’s North American division, headquartered in Franklin, fared somewhat better with a sales decline of just over one percent.

There were some bright spots. Sales of the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder were both up significantly.

Nissan says September sales of its new LEAF, all-electric vehicle, were the best the car has seen this year.

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