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12:40pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Student Pistol-Whipped by Assailant

MTSU student Injured During Armed Robbery

MURFREESBORO -- A Middle Tennessee State University student was injured Tuesday night on campus during an armed robbery.

MTSU issued an emergency alert at 8:48 Tuesday evening saying that a robbery had taken place outside Scarlett Commons. It was later learned the robbery actually took place inside one of the apartments.

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12:22pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Face of Poverty in Middle Tenn. is Changing

Local Restaurants Aid the Homeless

NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.

The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.

Middle Tennessee eateries are giving their patrons a chance to help. The restaurants are partnering with the local homeless program, Room-in-the-Inn to raise relief funds.

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12:19pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Anti-African American Hate Crimes the Most Common

Tenn. Hate Crime Stats Beat National Average

The FBI says the level of hate crime reported by police around the country remained about the same in 2010 compared with the previous year.

The bureau says just over 6,600 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI, up by just 24 incidents over 2009.

Tennessee apparently doing much better than the national average.

Kristin Helm, a spokesperson for the The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, says hate crimes in Tennessee decreased by about 20 percent from 2009 levels.

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11:56am

Tue November 15, 2011
New Requirments from Obama Administration

More Changes to State's "No Child" Waiver

The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Tennessee asked the federal government for the waiver back in July.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says Tennessee had little choice but to ask for relief from the law’s increasingly strict standards for yearly improvement in student test scores.  He says that nearly 80% of Tennessee schools will likely fail to meet federal standards in the current school year.

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11:50am

Tue November 15, 2011
Event Highlights Illiteracy in Middle Tennessee

Read To Succeed Holding Fundraiser Tonight

An important event Tuesday night for the program "Read to Succeed" of Rutherford County.

The literacy organization is conducting the year’s biggest fundraiser this evening at 7 in the Patterson Park Community Center.

The event includes a celebrity spelling bee featuring four local mayors, including Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess.

Read to Succeed’s Sarah Porterfield says 44% of Rutherford County's adults read at, or below, a third grade level. The county's children read at about the same level.

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