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2:13pm

Tue July 24, 2012
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Mid-State Reaction to Colorado Shooting

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- Last Friday's mass shooting in Colorado continues to be the topic of conversation nationwide. WMOT News spoke with students on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University to get their reaction to the  tragedy.

Twenty-four year old James Holmes is the primary suspect in the shooting. Holmes is accused of entering a packed Colorado movie theater and opening fire on the audience. Twelve people died while 58 people were injured.

MTSU student Parham Abdi says the shooting left him feeling vulnerable.

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9:30am

Tue July 24, 2012
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Memphis Called Third "Emptiest" City in America

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Memphis is being called one of the "emptiest" cities in America.

CNBC reporter Paul Toscano compiled a list of the cities suffering the worst problem with empty houses. Toscano created the list using information from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2011 data includes empty rental properties as well as empty homes for sale.

The reporter ranked Memphis as the third emptiest city in the nation. Fifteen percent of all rental properties in Memphis are unoccupied. Just over three percent of homes for sale are empty.

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11:41am

Mon July 23, 2012
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UT Knoxville Researcher Earns Top Enviro Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn, (WMOT)  --  A University of Tennessee researcher has been awarded the world’s top prize in the field of environmental science.

UT Knoxville’s Dr. Daniel Simberloff has won Spains 2012 Ramon Margalef Award for Ecology. Simberloff specializes in the study of invasive species.

Although he's conducted research worldwide, Simberloff says he doesn’t have to leave Tennessee to find invasive species.  He notes, for instance, the imported insects that are currently killing Tennessee’s hemlocks and ash trees.

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11:37am

Mon July 23, 2012
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Tennesseans Take to Early Voting Option

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting is gaining popularity in Tennessee.

Tennessee Election Commission Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins  says this year's early voting turnout is on track to surpass the last two comparable August elections.

Goins says early voting started in 1994 and has become more popular every year.  Voters clearly like early voting, and Goins says the option also reduces the strain on state resources.

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11:32am

Mon July 23, 2012
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Tennesse Student College Loan Debt Relatively Low

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee generally scores poorly on education-related “best of” lists, but there are exceptions. The state fares well when the subject turns to student loan debt.

USA Today notes that total student debt in the U.S. has now passed the $1 trillion mark, for the first time exceeding the nation’s credit-card debt.

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