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11:51am

Mon March 12, 2012
MT Women Still Hoping for NCAA Nod

MT Men's Basketball No. Four NIT Seed

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Post season play continues for Middle Tennessee State men's basketball.  

The Blue Raiders earned a No. 4 seed for the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will host fifth-seeded Marshall Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m. CT in Murphy Center. The game will be aired on ESPN3 and also heard here on WMOT. 

The Blue Raiders finished the regular season 25-6 overall and 14-2 in league play.

MT last played in the NIT in 1988 when they defeated Tennessee and Georgia before falling to Boston College in the quarterfinals.

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12:16pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Men and Women Enjoy Record Season

MT Basketball Hoping for NCAA Tourney Nod

All-Sun Belt Second Team pick Icelyn Elie scored a career-high 29 points in Tuesday's Sun Belt Championship loss to UALR.
photo by Bradley Lambert

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  A heartbreaking defeat Tuesday afternoon for Lady Raider’s basketball.  The MT women suffered a cliff-hanger, single-point loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The 71-70 defeat ended the team's winning streak at 20 games and dashed their hopes for a seventh Sun Belt Tournament title. The men’s team was knocked out of the tournament in the first round. 

While post season play hasn’t panned out well for Blue Raiders basketball, at least so far, MTSU spokesman Mark Owens said fans couldn’t have asked for a better year.

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12:09pm

Wed March 7, 2012
ER Doc Says Severe Infections Common

ER Visits for Dental Complaints on the Rise in Tenn.

CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows that more Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dentalproblems, and Tennessee is no exception.

A study released by the Pew Center on the States found that the number of ER visits nationwide for dentalproblems increased 16 percent from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Steven Turner is an ER physician at Summit Medical Center here in Middle Tennessee. He says ER docs see a lot of patients with dental complaints.

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11:54am

Wed March 7, 2012
Weather Service Assessments Also Ongoing

FEMA and TEMA Assessing Tornado Damage in Tenn.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A federal disaster declaration for Tennessee is possible following last week’s deadly tornados.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s joining Tennessee Emergency Management Agency personnel in assessing damage around the state following severe weather last Friday

TEMA says that nearly 900 homes and other structures in 19 Tennessee counties reported damage.  Forty-five people sought medical treatment for storm related injuries, but no deaths were reported.

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11:36am

Wed March 7, 2012
Born-Again Christians Led Santorum Charge

Conservatives Credited with Santorum Victory in Tenn.

Rick Santorum and family
photo courtesy Santorum campaign committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An Associated Press exit poll shows Rick Santorum owes his Tennessee primary victory to strong support among born-again Christians.

Santorum led Republican rival Mitt Romney 3 to 1 among those who say it matters a "great deal" that a candidate share their religious beliefs.  He also led among voters who considered themselves "very conservative," and among voters who supported the tea party.

Romney led among voters who considered themselves "moderate" or "liberal." He also led among voters with an annual income of more than $100,000.

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