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12:47pm

Wed January 21, 2015
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Study: a million dollars goes up in smoke

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you live in Tennessee and smoke, plan on spending a cool million dollars on your habit.

Our reporting partners at the personal finance website Wallethub.com decided to estimate the individual costs of smoking by state in honor of national Tobacco Free Awareness Week.

Wallethub’s Jill Gonzalez says several factors went into estimating the lifetime costs of smoking.

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8:22am

Tue January 20, 2015
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High court to hear appeal over records in Vandy rape case

Tennessee Supreme Court
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether news media are entitled to records related to a rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

The Court of Appeals in September ruled that records sought by a statewide media coalition should not be made public because they’re part of a continuing police investigation. The decision reversed a lower court that found that some records given to police should be made available.

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11:20am

Thu January 15, 2015
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Murf. named one of the best college towns in America

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The personal finance website Wallethub.com has named Murfreesboro one of the best college towns in the nation.

Home to Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro was ranked 49th and was the only college town in the state to make the list.

The study measured several criteria, including safety, affordability, housing costs, and amenities.

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10:54am

Thu January 15, 2015
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The latest salvo in Tennessee's gun rights battle?

Rep. Glen Casada
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There’s a new twist in the push by gun advocates to make Tennessee an “open carry” state.

Last year a bill that would have broadened the right of Tennesseans to openly carry a firearm in public passed the State Senate, but died in a House committee in the closing days of the legislative session.

The measure failed in committee because a so-called fiscal note was attached indicating the bill would cost the state more than $100,000 to implement.

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9:18am

Thu January 15, 2015
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Day Three of the Jacob Pearman Trial In Murf.

Jacob Pearman
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s day three in the trail of a Murfreesboro man charged with murdering his wife on Valentines Day 2013.

Police found Carla Pearman dead in the bedroom of her Kanatak Lane home before sunrise the morning of February 12, 2013. Jacob Pearman was arrested by Manchester Police later that morning on I-24 driving east and returned to Murfreesboro for questioning.

The MPD says he confessed to his wife’s murder, but has pleaded not guilty to charges of First Degree Murder, aggravated assault and child abuse.

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