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4:57am

Wed June 6, 2012
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Help for Bottom Five Percent of Tenn. Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven new charter schools will open next year in Memphis and Nashville. They’re being formed by the special school district Tennessee created to reform the state’s most troubled school systems.

Superintendent Chris Barbic heads the statewide Achievement School District, The district was formed as part of Tennessee's response to the federal Race to the Top initiative. Barbic says the ASD’s mandate is different from that of locally organized charters.

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11:11am

Tue June 5, 2012
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Tennessee Farmers "Resigned" to Subsidy Changes

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers may disappear soon with hardly a protest from Tennessee farm groups and politicians.

As early as today, the U.S. Senate could begin debating a five-year farm and food aid bill that would save $9.3 billion by ending direct payments to farmers. The details are still to be worked out. But there's rare agreement that fixed annual subsidies of $5 billion a year for farmers are no longer feasible in this age of tight budgets.

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11:04am

Tue June 5, 2012
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A Positive Outlook for Blue Raider Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Sports writer Justin Beasley takes a look at Blue Raider baseball's spring 2012 season and sees reason to be optimistic about 2013.

Use the link above to listen to WMOT's conversation with Justin.

You can find Justin's full review at http://gomiddle.com.

11:45am

Mon June 4, 2012
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MTSU Students Aid in Japan Disaster Recovery

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (NELSON) --  Student volunteers from Middle Tennessee State University are headed to Japan to help with the nation’s ongoing disaster recovery.

Ten students and two professors from MTSU left the Mid-State Monday morning to participate in a restoration mission in Fukushima, Japan.

According to a press statement from Middle Tennessee State, 95 percent of the rubble remains to be cleared away following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that killed nearly 16,000 people.  

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11:46am

Fri June 1, 2012
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Judge Corlew Mosque Ruling Questioned

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  A national Islamic group says it’s alarmed by the reasoning cited by Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew in his decision to void the Murfreesboro Mosque’s construction permit.

The Washington D.C. based Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for federal intervention in the case.

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