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9:57am

Wed November 26, 2014
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Is the news media part of the problem in Ferguson?

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch delivers the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Was St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch right to lambast the news media for complicating the grand jury review of the Michael Brown shooting case?

A mid-state journalism professor says keeping the public informed is just part of a prosecutor’s job.

McCulloch announced Monday evening that the grand jury had chosen not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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8:02am

Wed November 26, 2014
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Franklin road reopens where tanker truck burned

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Construction of a new bridge has been completed over Interstate 65 south of Nashville where a tanker truck exploded and caught fire three months ago.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says the exit has been reopened to traffic at State Road 248 in Williamson County. Two lanes and a center turn lane were opened yesterday.

The truck driver was killed in the crash Aug. 15 at Franklin.

Commissioner John Schroer says demolishing two bridges and building a new one in 102 days is a record for the agency.

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7:33am

Wed November 26, 2014
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Ferguson-related protests held across Tennessee

Students gather on the MTSU campus November 25, 2014 to remember Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- There were protests held across the nation and across Tennessee Tuesday in reaction to the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri.

WSMV-TV reports a few hundred protesters marched through downtown Nashville. They ended up briefly blocking several streets, including Interstate 24. Nashville police cordoned off streets as the protesters passed to keep them safe.

The Associated Press says about 200 protesters marched peacefully in Memphis Tuesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel says about 100 people marched for Michael Brown in that city.

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7:26am

Wed November 26, 2014
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Study: Big legal need among low-income Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study found more than 60 percent of low-income Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Supreme Court, respondents cited conflicts with creditors and landlords, problems obtaining or paying for health care, and difficulties with government benefits.

Unlike criminal legal matters, people with civil legal needs are not entitled to public attorneys. And according to the study, only 25 percent of respondents were aware of resources to help find a lawyer.

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10:27am

Tue November 25, 2014
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Student prank brings a hazmat team to the MTSU campus

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)   --  Campus Police and the Murfreesboro Fire Department Hazmat Team responded Tuesday to a suspicious package discovered on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

School officials say that at about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning a suspicious bucket was discovered in a courtyard near the Aerospace building.

The sealed, white, two-gallon bucket reportedly had the phrase "Do Not Open - Ebola" written on its side.

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