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7:35am

Tue January 17, 2012
Drop Attributed to Crackdown on Drunk Driving

Tenn. Highway Deaths Way Down

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highway deaths in 2011 stayed below 1,000 for just the third time in 48 years.

Preliminary figures released by the Tennessee Department of Safety show the state had 947 traffic-related deaths last year. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, that could make 2011 the safest year on Tennessee roads in nearly a half century.

Last year's preliminary figure is six more than the total in 1963, when the state was less populated and fewer cars were on the road.

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9:22am

Fri January 13, 2012
Next Game Saturday Against Florida Atlantic

Blue Raider Men and Women On a Roll

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT) The Blue Raider men’s basketball team racked up its eighth straight victory last night, winning 70-59 over Florida International in Miami.

The men's team now sports a 16-2 overall record and is 5-0 in Sun Belt league action.

In their game against FIU, the Lady Raiders turned an eight-point halftime deficit into a 14-point win, rallying for a 74-60 victory last night. The MTSU ladies remain the lone team in the Sun Belt women’s basketball race with an unblemished record.

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9:16am

Fri January 13, 2012
Five Black Legislators Squeezed into Three Seats

Republicans Push Redistricting Plan Through State House

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) -- The state House has approved a plan to redraw the chamber's 99 districts, overriding Democrats' objections that it placed five African-American incumbents into three seats.

The chamber voted 67-25, largely along partisan lines, to approve the Republican plan yesterday.

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9:11am

Fri January 13, 2012
1100 Employees Losing Jobs

Food Lion Closing Middle Tenn. Stores

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The company that owns and operates Food Lion grocery stores is closing 25 groceries in Tennessee idling about 1,100 workers. The company is also reducing operations at a distribution center in Clinton near Knoxville.

Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown says a severance package is being offered to eligible employees affected by the parent company's decision to close underperforming stores.

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12:26pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Governor Says Leave Decision to Local Government

Haslam Out of Step with GOP on "Living Wage" Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to leave it up to local governments to decide whether to set their own wage requirements for contractors.

Haslam's stance puts him at odds with some fellow Republicans in the State General Assembly.

Two Republican legislators have announced plans to submit a measure that would ban higher wage requirements set by local governments and repeal those standards already enacted.

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