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8:53am

Thu February 5, 2015
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Bill would use traffic camera revenue for Tenn. scholarships

Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden (L) and Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis
Credit capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis has filed legislation that would use revenue from municipal red light cameras to send students to college.

Harris said the proposal filed this week will create a new scholarship opportunity for students. Under the proposal, all revenue generated by new red light camera contracts after July 1, 2015, would go to the Drive to College scholarship.

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1:50pm

Wed February 4, 2015
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Survey gives Tennessee schools, teachers a passing grade

Credit MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll suggests most Tennesseans are happy with their local public school system, and hold their local teachers in high regard.

A poll released this week by Middle Tennessee State University says that 69 percent of Tennesseans surveyed would give their local schools a grade of “C” or higher, while 65 percent say they have “trust and confidence in the men and women who are teaching children in the public schools.”

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11:04am

Tue February 3, 2015
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Attempted home invasion in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro couple tell police they managed to stop a home invasion at their front door.

Braydville Pike residents Hayley Patton and Josh Chapell say they were awakened before dawn Monday morning by someone knocking on their apartment door.

Chapell says when he looked out the front door’s peep hole, he couldn’t see anyone, but opened the door a crack for a second look.

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10:28am

Tue February 3, 2015
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Study looks at racial "wealth gap" in Tennessee, nationwide

Credit wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee scored surprisingly well in a new study that ranks the states for financial inequality.  

Just in time for the start of Black History Month, the personal finance website Wallethub.com has compared 21 metrics to determine which states have the largest and smallest wealth gaps between whites and Americans of color.

Florida and West Virginia had the smallest financial gaps, while Rhode Island and Minnesota had the largest.

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8:16am

Tue February 3, 2015
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More evidence sealed in the Vanderbilt rape trail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has sealed all the evidence presented at trial against two former Vanderbilt University football players who were convicted of gang-raping a fellow student.

Open records advocates told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1D9clWN) that the move is unprecedented in Nashville courts.

The order issued by Judge Monte Watkins on Wednesday says it is "reasonable and appropriate" to seal all evidence presented during the 12-day trial, which was open to the public. There were more than 75 exhibits presented.

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