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3:02pm

Wed February 22, 2012
IT, Nurses, Accountants Enjoy Low Unemployment

Tennessee Works - Recession Proof Jobs

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT) – WMOT News is launching a special series of reports this week entitled "Tennessee Works." The series will examine economic sectors that prospered during the recession.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate peaked in June of 2009 at 10.8 percent. Joblessness has fallen slowly in the months since, but is still an uncomfortably high 8.7 percent.

There are some professions, though, that enjoyed low unemployment even at the height of the economic downturn.

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2:53pm

Wed February 22, 2012
"No Barriers to the Ballot Box" Targets Law

More Challenges to Tenn. Voter Photo ID Law

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A coalition of groups opposed to Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law are scheduled to hold a press conference on Legislative Plaza Wednesday afternoon.

The upcoming Super Tuesday presidential preference primary March 6th will be the first state-wide vote where the new law will be enforced. Most voters will be required to present some type of state or federal ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.

Opponents have launched initiatives to repeal the law as well as efforts to get voters the kind of photo ID they’ll need to vote.

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2:13pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Police Find Marijuana, Pills, $2000 in Cash

Drug Bust on the MTSU Campus

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  Murfreesboro Police made what they’re calling a major drug bust on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University Monday afternoon.

MPD spokesman Kyle Evans tells WMOT News that police were hearing rumors that drugs were being sold out of Jim Cummings Hall. University police gave MPD permission to pursue the case.  Evans described for WMOT what happened when officers approached the dorm room where suspicious activity had been reported.

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12:17pm

Tue February 21, 2012
Chancellor Morgan Reacts to President's Initiative

TBR Says Nothing to Fear from Obama Initiative

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan
photo courtesy TBR

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 46 institutions of higher learning governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents have nothing to fear from President Barack Obama’s latest education initiative, according to TBR Chancellor John Morgan. 

The Associated Press says in a story released Monday that the Obama administration is concerned about rising student debt, which now averages over $25,000. The president is also reportedly concerned by the apparent disconnect between what students learn at the nation's universities and the skills employers say they're looking for.

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11:50am

Mon February 20, 2012
Rocky Start for MT Baseball

MTSU Basketball Teams Top Sun Belt

Jimmy Oden is one of two seniors to be honored on Saturday prior to the men's basketball game.
photo courtesy MT athletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was mostly good news for Middle Tennessee State sports in weekend action. The Blue Raider men's and women's basketball teams clinched top seeds in upcoming conference play.

The MT men claimed the Sun Belt’s regular-season title on Saturday evening with a 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic. The MT women also defeated FAU, making them the lone unbeaten team in the conference and extending their winning streak to 16 games.

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