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10:33am

Mon October 31, 2011
ACLU May File Lawsuit

Two Nights, No New Occupy Arrests

A second night with no new arrests in Nashville on Legislative Plaza. Occupy Nashville protesters are, once again, occupying the plaza around the clock.

After the Haslam Administration imposed new restrictions on protests last Thursday, Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a couple of dozen protesters both Friday and Saturday.

But a metro night court commissioner refused to jail the protesters on both occasions, saying that the state had exceeded its authority.

Protest spokesperson Cecily Friday says the arrests have only stiffened protesters resolve.

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12:18pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Night Court Judge Rejects Charges

Occupy Protesters Arrested, Then Released

(AP) Quite a morning for Occupy Nashville. 

Twenty-nine protesters were arrested on Legislative Plaza before dawn, then released just a few hours later.

According to WKRN-TV, Metro's night court commissioner, Thomas Nelson, released the protesters wihtout charges. Nelson said the state hadn't given the protesters enough time to react to new protest regulations. 

Governor Haslam’s Administration announced just yesterday that it was imposing a 10  to six curfew on the Capital grounds where the protesters have been camped out since October 6th.

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12:09pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Accussed of MTSU Student's Murder

Madden Murder Trial Set for January 31

(AP) Shanterrica Madden was not able to reach a plea agreement with prosecuters this morning.

Madden is charged with first degree murder in the death of her college roommate, MTSU Basketball standout Tina Stewart.

According to police, Stewart was stabbed to death during a fight the two had in their Murfreesboro apartment March 2nd.  Madden says she acted in self-defense.

Her attorney, Joe Brandon Jr., tells WMOT News he doesn’t think the prosecution can make a case for first degree murder, because they would have to prove pre-meditation.

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11:51am

Fri October 28, 2011
Tennesseans Don't Like Options Being Considered

MTSU Poll: Leave Scholarship Alone for Now

(AP) More results from the latest MTSU Poll out this week. 

A total of 640 Tennesseans were surveyed by phone; taking their pulse on political, social and economic issues.

Poll Director Ken Blake says the survey included questions about the state lottery funded scholarship.

Tennessee lawmakers met on Wednesday to consider ways to prevent the scholarship program from going broke.

State officials say it could run out of money in a little over a decade. Most of the scenarios being discussed would cut the number of students eligible or how much money they get.

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11:51am

Thu October 27, 2011
Hearings in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville

State Budget Hearings Hit the Road

(AP) Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll hold public budget hearings outside the Capitol for the first time when he begins the annual review at the University of Memphis this coming Wednesday.

The governor says he’ll also hold hearings in Knoxville, as well as at the usual site at the state Capitol. Haslam announced the changes in a video posted on YouTube yesterday.

The Governor says his goal is to assemble a budget proposal that can pass unanimously in the General Assembly, just as his first annual spending plan did back in May.

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