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The number 14 ranked Murray State Racers wrapped up an undefeated road season with a 69 to 64 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.  This brings the OVC Champion Racers to 28 and 1 overall and sets them as the top seed in the conference tournament this week.  MSU will get a bye to the semifinal game this Friday at 6 p.m.

Officials say crews have found the body of a barge worker who fell into the Tennessee River in Marshall County over the weekend.  Marshall Rescue Chief Curt Curtner tells WPSD-TV co-workers lost contact with the man around 1:30 Sunday morning. He says crews were called in to help search and the man's body was located about an hour later.  Curtner says the man's identity isn't being released pending notification of kin and the outcome of an autopsy.

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The Murray State Racers avenged their only loss of the season last night, defeating the Tennessee State Tigers by 18 points. The Tigers ended Murray State’s bid for perfection earlier this month, upsetting the then number 9-ranked Racers at home. Murray State in turn used last night’s 80-62 win in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 in Nashville to end Tennessee State’s nine game winning streak. The Racers, now 27-1, have one game left at Tennessee Tech Saturday before beginning postseason play at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, where they could face the Tigers for a third time.

Military spouses who leave their jobs in Tennessee because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a proposed state bill. The measure moved quickly through the Senate last week after Governor Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his fiscal year budget proposal. With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, the state estimates about a third of military personnel are transferred each year.

Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

Feb 17, 2012
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This past week, the Tennessee House passed a bill that would force Occupy Nashville’s encampment off the plaza outside the capitol.  Debate in the state Senate delayed action on the measure for a week, granting protesters a temporary reprieve. Some protesters began taking down tents Wednesday, but they said their movement was not defeated. They instead argued the camp had become a distraction from the inequalities that first galvanized Occupy Wall Street. This report brought to you by Daniel Potter of WPLN.

Montgomery County Tennessee elementary students sent Valentine’s Day cards to dog owners, asking them to not keep pets chained or confined all day. The cards were mailed to about 70 homes where dogs had been seen chained outside or left in pens for long periods.

Obion County Commissioner Danny Jowers announced he will run for the 24th district Senate seat left vacant by Roy Herron. Jowers is a resident of Kenton where he is serving his third term on the Obion County Commission. He has served as director for Obion County Emergency Management since 2009. Jowers will run on the Republican ticket. He says his campaign will focus on job creation and retention. Other candidates have yet to file for the position.

Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to raise teacher pay.  Haslam told reporters after a visit to a Maury County middle school this week that Tennessee is alone in setting both maximum total and average class sizes.  Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop.  Haslam stressed that the maximum class size limits would remain in place, but some educat

Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation.  The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley.  It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week.  Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe

Tennessee parents would be able to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities under a proposal advancing in the state House.  The measure passed the House Education Subcommittee Wednesday on a voice vote. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee.  Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks. Lawmakers say those parents who don't want their children to participate in a certain activity would be able to send a note to the school.

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