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11:32am

Thu April 5, 2012
Ramsey Says Other Business Issues More Pressing

Senate Speaker Scolds Chamber of Commerce

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is chiding the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce for focusing on a bill to guarantee workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.

The Blountville Republican acknowledged Wednesday that the guns-in-parking-lots measure involves prickly property rights issues, but said he expects to reach a compromise on the matter.

In a recent interview with WMOT, Chief Policy Officer Mark Hill was adamant about the chamber’s opposition.

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4:05pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Will the Measure Make Tennessee Less Competitive?

Governor Says He'll Sign "Monkey" Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 90 years after the Scopes "monkey trial," the state of Tennessee is close to enacting a law that critics say renews the attack on evolution.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he’ll likely sign the bill, which would protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

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3:58pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Violent Crime Up 20 Percent

TBI Releases Annual "Crime on Campus" Report

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released it’s “Crime on Campus” report for 2011 and the numbers are sobering.

The TBI said Wednesday that crime on the state’s college campuses increased by more than 4 percent last year. Kristin Helm is a TBI spokesperson.

“The types of crimes that are increasing on college campus include drugs and narcotics violations, sex offenses, theft, and overall assaults.”

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3:51pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Jackson is MTSU Black History Month Keynote

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Visits Tennessee

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will make an appearance this week here in Middle Tennessee.

The son of Civil Rights icon the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jess Jackson Jr. is scheduled to speak Friday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.  He was originally slated to be MTSU’s keynote speaker for Black History Month festivities in February, but had to reschedule the appearance.

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11:39am

Tue April 3, 2012
Becca Stevens Speaks on Social Entrepreneurship

Founder of a Top Tenn. Charity Speaks at MTSU

The Reverend Beccas Stevens is the Founder of Nashville's Magdalene House and Thistle Farms.
Magdalene House

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – The founder of one of Middle Tennessee’s most successful and widely recognized charities speaks Tuesday in Murfreesboro.

The Rev. Becca Stevens will put in an appearance today on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, where she’ll discuss how she uses social entrepreneurship to help troubled women.

Stevens was recently recognized by President Obama as one of 15 “Champions of Change” in a special White House ceremony. Stevens is the founder of Nashville’s Magdalene House and Thistle Farms.

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