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11:39am

Mon April 2, 2012
Conflict Deserves More Media Attention

Tennessean with Ties to Syria is Frustrated

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The death toll in Syria continues to climb. Three more deaths were reported Monday as the year-old uprising there continues.

There’s a sizeable Syrian refugee population here in Middle Tennessee. They’ve been active in recent months, staging local rallies in support of the Syrian people.

Murfreesboro resident Lema Sbenaty is of Syrian ancestry and has family still living there. Her aunt’s home was badly damaged recently by government shelling.

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11:32am

Mon April 2, 2012
Police Make No Move to Arrest Protesters

Homeless Advocates Occupy Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Legislative plaza was briefly occupied once again Sunday night, but not by the Occupy Movement.

About 30 homeless advocates slept overnight on the plaza in defiance of a new state law that prohibits camping on state property. Advocates say the law, recently passed by the Tennessee legislature specifically to dislodge occupy protesters from the plaza, makes homelessness a criminal offense.

Lindsey Crank is a divinity student at Vanderbilt University and has worked with Nashville’s homeless for the past five years.

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8:25am

Fri March 30, 2012
Students Head to Hollywood This Weekend

MTSU Students Up for College TV EMMY

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Three students from Middle Tennessee State are headed to Hollywood this weekend to pick up the college version of an EMMY Award.

Erica Doyle, Fadia Patterson and former student Marquee Doyle will attend the 33rd Annual College Television Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The trio will represent the program KOURE-TV, a variety show that airs on MTSU’s student run station MT-10.

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7:59am

Fri March 30, 2012
Report from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

Williamson Cnty. Hottest Job Market in Country

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Williamson County had the hottest job market in the country last year.

A report just out by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Williamson County posted the nation’s largest employment increase with a gain of 5.4 percent between September 2010 and September 2011. The average jobs growth in the country during the period was just 1.6 percent.

The report says the largest employment increase in Williamson County occurred in the category “professional and business services,” which gained more than 1,700 jobs.

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7:49am

Fri March 30, 2012
Murfreesboro Man Arrested by MTSU Police

Sexual Exploitation of Child Charged

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A Murfreesboro man was arrested earlier this week on three counts of sexual exploitation after police say he took three nude photos of a 4-year-old girl.

Middle Tennessee State University campus police say they arrested 22 year-old Robert L. Hunt, of 303 Fairfax Dr., on Monday. Hunt reportedly admitted to taking the photos while babysitting the girl.

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