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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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12:19pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Event Helps Mark Civil War's 150th Anniversary

Emancipation Proclamation Coming to Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) – Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will be traveling to Tennessee in 2013.

The document, signed by President Lincoln in 1863, will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum for just six days. It’s all part of Tennessee’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Confederate apologists often note that Lincoln’s proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy.  State Museum Chief Curator Dan Pomeroy says Lincoln actually had few other options.

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11:53am

Tue December 13, 2011
Weather Service Expects More Ice This Year

TDOT Says It's Ready for Winter Weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  Middle Tennessee can expect another difficult La Nina winter.

The National Weather Service outlook for December through February calls for warmer than normal temperatures, but wetter than usual conditions.

Nashville forecaster Bobby Boyd says that means more ice than usual.

"We may be looking at some icy conditions, perhaps a freezing rain or two. That doesn't mean we won't have any snow. We certainly will I'm sure, but I think we're going to be a little bit closer to more icy conditions at times."

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12:17pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Gift Honors MT Sports Booster Jeff Hendrix

Million Dollar Gift to MTSU Athletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A big weekend on several fronts for Blue Raider sports.

The Middle Tennessee men’s basketball team beat UT Martin on Saturday evening 78-62 at home.

The Lady Raiders matched that win, outscoring Xavier to claim a 65-49 victory Friday night in Cincinnati.

That win made sweeter still as the MTSU head women’s basketball coach Rick Insell was named one of 10 inductees into the 2012 class of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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12:11pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Positions Still Available at the Plant

1100 Turn Out for Nissan Job Fair in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) – More than a thousand Middle Tennessee residents lined up in the cold for hours over the weekend to apply for a job at the Smyrna Nissan plant.

Yates Services hosted the job fair at the State Career Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday.

Tennessee Department of Labor area manager R.J. Sherr says all the jobs are assembly line positions on third shift that pay between $12.50 and $18.50 an hour.

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