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12:35pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Meetings Held in Knxoville, Nashville and Memphis

ACLU-Tennessee Holds Online Privacy Discussions

Nashville, Tenn (AP/WMOT) Online privacy is the subject this week as the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee conducts a series of panel discussions statewide.

ACLU representatives will speak today in Knoxville, tomorrow here in Middle Tennessee and Wednesday in Memphis.

In a news release, the ACLU contends the laws that protect our privacy have not kept pace with social and technological change.

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12:25pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Rutherford Cnty. Sees 1800+ Homeless Yearly

Poverty in U.S. Higher Than Thought

The Journey Home's Scott Foster works with a homeless client at the agency's offices in downtown Murfreesboro.
The Journey Home

Murfreesboro, Tenn  (AP-WMOT)  New census estimates out today show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than ever - reaching a new peak of more than 49 million poeple, or 16 percent of the population.

The new numbers are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.

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11:52am

Mon November 7, 2011
Study Published in a Recent Edition of "Nature"

UTK Researcher Helps Confirm Bat Fungus Diagnosis

Bats killed by White-nose snydrome at Aeolus Cave in Vermont.
University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn (AP/WMOT)  A University of Tennessee researcher has helped confirm a link between a fungus and the widespread death of bats.

Justin Boyles, a post-doctoral research associate, was one of the study’s authors. The study discovered that the fungus Geomyces destructans is causing White-nose Syndrome, a disease decimating the bat population.

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12:27pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Residents Upset Over Rising Crime and Taxes

Recall of Chattanooga Mayor Moves Ahead

The effort to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield is moving ahead again.

A state appeals court has thrown out a judge's ruling that temporarily blocked the effort.

The decision yesterday by the Tennessee Court of Appeals puts the disputed recall petition back before the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Reporter Cliff Hightower is covering the story for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. He says some residents are upset over a growing crime rate, perceived corruption, and higher taxes.

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12:23pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Plan to Walk Around Three Downtown Banks

Occupy Protesters March in Murfreesboro

An Occupy Wall Street inspired march is getting underway at this hour in downtown Murfreesboro.

Occupy Murfreesboro leaders have permits to assemble on the grounds of the county courthouse.

Protestors say they’ll also march around three downtown banks; all within a few blocks of the square.

One of the protest organizers, local resident Connor Moss, says Occupy Murfreesboro usually has about 20 people at their meetings, but expects about a hundred protesters to attend today’s march.

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