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Wed January 30, 2013
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Damaging Storms Push Through Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Bordeaux man was killed before daybreak Wednesday morning as a line of strong storms moved through the mid-state.

WSMV-TV reports that 47-year-old Vernon Hartsell was killed around 3:30 a.m. Police say Hartsell was inside a shed on Abernathy Road when a tree fell on the building.

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Tue January 29, 2013
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Education Dominates Governor's State-of-the-State Address


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Tennessee Genaral Assembly last night.

Haslam presented a $32.7 billion annual spending plan that includes a staffing shake-up at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment into construction projects around the state and a large deposit into the state's cash savings fund.

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Mon January 28, 2013
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Tenn. Prosecutors Outline Legislative Agenda

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The 108th Tennessee General Assembly will resume deliberations this week and the state’s prosecutors are weighing in with their recommendations for changes to the Tennessee criminal code.

Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference spokesman Guy Jones says prosecutors are recommending that individuals convicted of aggravated child neglect be required to serve more of the original sentence.

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Thu January 24, 2013
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Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

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Wed January 23, 2013
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Housing Construction Rebounds in Murfreesboro in 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Housing construction in Murfreesboro is finally seeing healthy levels of activity.

The city’s Planning Department issued a report this week on the number of permits issued in 2012 for single-family and multi-family housing.

The number of permits granted for the construction of single-family homes jumped by 35% last year over 2011. Murfreesboro didn’t issue any permits for the construction of apartment units in 2011, but issued more than 450 such permits in 2012.

Joesph Aydelott is the Planning Director  for the City of Murfreesboro’s.

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