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11:54am

Mon April 9, 2012
Challenges Media to Cover "Subsantive" Issues

Governor Blames Media for "Crazy" Legislation

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing exasperation at the flood of "crazy" measures flowing through the Tennessee General Assembly. But instead of taking lawmakers to task, the governor points the finger of blame squarely at the news media.

During a panel discussion this week, Haslam argued that an overhaul of standards in schools has failed to gain the proper attention, while reporters have focused on other matters like a measure to ban students from wearing revealing clothing at school

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7:35pm

Sat April 7, 2012
Ten Tennessee Counties Get Disaster Declarations

FEMA Pays $640,000 to Tenn. Tornado Survivors

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Over 900 Tennesseans have registered for federal disaster assistance following the severe weather that swept the state February 29 and March 2.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s already paid out more than $640,000 in disaster recovery assistance to residents in the 10 Tennessee counties that were declared disaster areas by President Obama.

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7:13pm

Sat April 7, 2012
20 Rapes on Tenn. College Campuses in 2011

Sex Assaults on College Campuses Up 47 Percent

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues to look at the results of the 2011 “Crime on Campus” report released this week.

Compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the report shows a more than 4 percent increase in crime on the state’s college campuses last year. One of the more dramatic findings was the sharp increase in the number of sex oriented crimes.

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7:06pm

Sat April 7, 2012
New Completion Date is 2015

$2 Billion TVA Reactor Cost Overruns

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority cost estimate to complete Unit 2 at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn.,  has been revised upward to $4.5 billion.

The earlier estimate in 2007 had been $2.5 billion.

In a statement released Thursday, the federal utility blamed the increase on poor previous estimates and that reviews to support the initial estimate were not completed.

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11:38am

Thu April 5, 2012
2011 Crime Up More than 4% Over 2010

Tennessee Colleges Report Crime Stats for 2011

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Crime is up significantly on Tennessee college campuses.

According to a report released yesterday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, crime at state schools increased by more than 4 percent last year.

Of the several universities located here in Middle Tennessee, Fisk University appears to have fared the worst in 2011.  The report indicates Fisk had the mid-state’s worst crime ratios for assault, theft, and drug violations.

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