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12:44pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Parties Bickering Over Pace of Confirmations

Lamar Alexander Chastises Majority Leader Reid

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is firing back at Majority Leader Harry Reid over comments the Democrat made concerning a Republican filibuster.

Republicans are holding up 17 Obama Administration  judicial nominations.  Reid is hoping to pull together the 60 votes he needs to limit debate on the appointments and force a vote.

The Majority Leader says he’s acting in response to the slow pace of confirmations of Obama's picks for the federal bench. He said Republicans should end the delays immediately to ease the backlog of cases in federal courts.

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12:37pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Games Bring 30,000 Visitors to Middle Tennessee

TSSAA Basketball Championship Games Underway

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Alcoa and Marshall County took the court Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro for the first game of the Tennessee high-school boys basketball championships.

An estimated 30,000 student athletes and their supporters are in Middle Tennessee this week for the annual Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association tournament.  The games are being held at Murphy Center on the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Kendra Tate drove over from East Tennessee to see her son Trey play for Alcoa.

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12:26pm

Wed March 14, 2012
WX Service Says Sixth Warmest Winter on Record

Unusual Winter, Unusual Spring

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee isn't the only part of the country enjoying unusually warm temperatures. Golfers are already hitting the links in Minnesota.

From the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast, areas where residents are normally bundled up against the cold in March are enjoying clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Forecasters say spring is early and here to stay.

The National Weather Service says the weather pattern is a random, normal fluctuation and can be attributed in part to a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean.

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7:23am

Wed March 14, 2012
MTSU-VA Deal a First in Tennessee

VetSuccess Partnership Launched in Middle Tennessee

MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee, left, and Travis Kraft, acting director of the Veterans' Affairs Nashville Regional Office, sign an agreement between MTSU and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs naming MTSU a "VetSuccess" University on March 13.
Andy Heidt/MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a partnership Tuesday with Middle Tennessee State University.

Named VetSuccess, the deal is the first of its kind for the federal agency in Tennessee. The VA-MTSU partnership is meant to ease returning soldiers into campus life.

Heather Conrad will be the VA’s VetSuccess representative at MTSU. Conrad said she’ll provide career counseling, vocational planning and answer benefits questions. Disabled vets will be her special focus.

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11:45am

Tue March 13, 2012
Games to be Played at MTSU's Murphy Center

TSSAA Boys Tournament Descends on Murfreesboro

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An estimated 30,000 high school athletes and their supporters are descending on Middle Tennessee this week for the state high-school basketball championships.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association boys basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

The TSSAA held their annual tournament for the girl’s teams this past week. Association spokesman Matthew Gillespie said 21 games were played over a four day period.

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