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Thu May 3, 2012
Unusually Warm Spring Partially to Blame?

Tenn. Traffic Deaths Up "Dramatically" in 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  That State of Tennessee is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2012. As of Thursday, 305 people have died on the state’s highways, an increase of 26 deaths over the same period last year.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the increase, because the trend in recent years has been toward a steady decline in highway deaths.

TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the state suspects several factors are contributing to the rise in fatalities.

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Thu May 3, 2012
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Governor Plans to Veto Vandy Nondiscrimination Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Govornor Bill Haslam says he'll veto a measure that would require Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy.

Christian student leaders say their groups shouldn't be forced to admit members, and possibly leaders, who don’t share their beliefs.

Haslam, a Republican, says he disagrees with Vanderbilt's policy but believes it's, his words, "inappropriate for government to mandate the policies of a private institution."

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Wed May 2, 2012
$100 Million In New Revenue Sought

Mayor Dean Proposes Tax Increase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has proposed a 53-cent property tax increase in his $1.7 billion budget proposal.

Dean said during his State of Metro Address yesterday, that he held the line on taxes during the economic downturn, cutting city budgets by more than 59 percent and restructuring the city’s debt.  But Dean said additional cuts would mean cuts in vital services like the police force and school system.

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Wed May 2, 2012
Brewsters Stay and Rebuild in Old Hickory

Vietnam Vet's 2010 Flood Experience

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  This week marks the second anniversary of the spring 2010 floods. Twenty-two people died in the disaster and the storm caused billions in damages.

Harding and Jona Brewster were among the survivors of the historic flooding. The couple used an old boat stored in their backyard to ferry themselves and dozens of neighbors out of their rapidly flooding Old Hickory neighborhood.

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Wed May 2, 2012
2012 Commencement Held Saturday

A Significant Milestone for Middle Tenn. State

An MTSU degree candidate waves to her friends and family as she enters Hale Arena at Murphy Center for the spring 2012 commencement ceremonies May 5.
(MTSU photo by Classic Photography)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s largest undergraduate institution granted a degree to its 100,000th four-year student Saturday.

Middle Tennessee State University passed the mark as it graduated more than 2500 students. Degrees were awarded to more than 2,100 undergraduates and over 430 graduate students.

The 2012 commencement ceremonies marked the conclusion of MTSU’s centennial celebration. The school opened in 1912 as a so-called “normal” school dedicated to training teachers.

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