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11:42am

Mon August 27, 2012
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Mosque Opponents Move to Join Federal Court Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A federal judge will rule this week on whether opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque can have a say in a religious discrimination case involving the building.

Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. represents the group of mosque neighbors and other Rutherford County residents asking the court to let them intervene. He argued at a Friday hearing in Nashville that his clients have an interest in the case because it overturned their state court victory.

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11:32am

Mon August 27, 2012
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Mid-State Universities Begin 2012-13 School Year

Guest speaker and author Tori McClure, who also is president of Spaulding University in Louisville, Ky., gives the keynote address during MTSU’s University Convocation 2012 Aug. 26.
MTSU photos by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – Fall semester classes are getting underway on a number of Middle Tennessee university campuses.

Students at Austin Peay State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, and Middle Tennessee State begin classes this week. The school year got underway at Lipscomb, Belmont and Fisk universities last week.

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11:37am

Fri August 24, 2012
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Opponents Continue to Contest Murfreesboro Mosque

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro received its final occupancy certificate Thursday. Friday, opponents of the Mosque continued their effort to prevent the new worship center from being used.

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board chairman Essam Fathy says he’s relieved and happy the mosque has its permanent occupancy permit.

Since construction was approved in May 2010, the mosque has been targeted by vandalism, arson and a bomb threat.

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11:33am

Fri August 24, 2012
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Latest Jobless Numbers Mostly Good News for Mid-State

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Department of Labor has released the county-level unemployment numbers for July.

The state unemployment rate jumped last month by two-tenth to 8.4 percent. The national jobless rate also rose by a tenth to 8.3 percent.

Williamson County continues to have the mid-state’s lowest unemployment at just under six percent.  Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford and Wilson counties are all reporting jobless numbers at 7.4 percent or lower.

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11:25am

Fri August 24, 2012
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26,000+ Descend on MTSU for the Start of 2012-13 School Year

The new $65 million MTSU Student Union
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/SIDELINES) – This is a big weekend for Middle Tennessee State University.

Friday morning the school’s new $65 million, 211,000 square foot Student Union opened to visitors. The facility boasts a ballroom, movie theater, restaurants, game room, bookstore, and a 700-plus seat dining hall.

Sarah Sudak is Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life.

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