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A $1B trench? Cutting Tennessee's growing deficit

Updated: 12/04/2008 - Tennessee's sales tax growth last month was its lowest in 47 years. It puts Tennessee revenue $300 million so far this budget year, which puts the state on track to be $1 billion short in a $30 billion budget. Lawmakers suggest that once-sacred programs, particularly education, may not be spared.

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ORNL to move "Mouse House" research

Posted: 12/04/2008 - After more than 60 years of developing a unique population of mice to study human diseases, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is moving its colony of 8,000 mice known as the Collaborative Cross to the University of North Carolina.

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UPDATE: UT safety Morley released from jail

Updated: 12/05/2008 - University of Tennessee starting safety Demetrice Morley was released from jail Thursday evening after Florida authorities told Knox County authorities that a fugitive from justice warrant issued in his name was a mistake.

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Tennessee among unhealthiest states

Posted: 12/04/2008 - Tennessee is ranked among the five unhealthiest states for the fifth consecutive year in an annual report.

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McLean decides to stay behind bars, for now

Updated: 12/04/2008 - A Knox County Criminal Court judge ruled Eric McLean can be released from jail for a few days, pending a decision on his sentencing. But McLean said he'd rather stay in jail and wait it out.

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Andrew Mann takes stand in own defense

Updated: 12/04/2008 - Andrew Mann takes the stand to testify at his double murder trial, admitting he pulled the trigger but saying it was all his pregnant girlfriend's idea.

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Ahead of the Bell: Alcoa urged to suspend dividend

Posted: 12/04/2008 - Shares of Alcoa Inc. fell in premarket trading Thursday after an analyst urged the largest U.S. aluminum producer to cut its $560 million annual dividend in the face of "a rapidly deteriorating aluminum price environment."

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Vision for the future of Knox Co. Schools

Updated: 12/04/2008 - Changes to an East Tennessee School System would not only affect students but even the entire community. It's the Knox County Schools Superintendent's vision for the future.

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Hearing set to decide if McLean will be released early

Updated: 12/03/2008 - A hearing is scheduled for Thursday to decide whether the man convicted of killing his wife's teenage student-lover outside of the couple's Coker Avenue home should be release from jail before his entire sentence is served.

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Volunteering helps those in needs buy gifts for Christmas

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Presents may not mean everything, but to be able to give gifts on Christmas means a lot. Unfortunately some folks in our area, aren't able to provide gifts for their families. But thanks to the Volunteer Ministry Center, those people have been able to share the joy of opening presents on Christmas through the Holiday Store.

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UT president outlines initial efforts to reduce cuts to budget

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Actual and proposed cost-cutting measures in the wake of funding reductions for the University of Tennessee were reviewed at the Wednesday meeting of the UT Board of Trustees' Effectiveness and Efficiency for the Future Committee.

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East Tennessee Zinc Company halts mining, cites slow zinc market

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The East Tennessee Zinc Company will stop mining zinc at its four East Tennessee mines on February 3, 2009, and the company says it will instead convert the mines' operations to "care and maintenance status," according to a company release.

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Wamp wants Frist to decide on run by next month

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Republican Rep. Zach Wamp says he wants to launch his gubernatorial campaign as early as next month if former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist decides not to seek the GOP nomination.

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Signature Tower won't be 70 stories

Posted: 12/03/2008 - A Nashville developer aiming to construct the tallest building in the city says he is downsizing his reach for the sky.

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