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A female student and university employee reported a sexual assault to the Murfreesboro Police Department on Tuesday night, according to a police report. The victim said she was helping a friend study in a Campus Crossings apartment when her attacker asked her to come into his bedroom and talk. According to the report, he then “began …

LARRY O’DELL, Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to turn away appeals from a handful of states including …

(AP) — Tennessee voters will have a chance this November to decide whether they want to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions. In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court struck down laws requiring a two-day waiting period and mandatory physician-only counseling and preventing second-trimester abortions from taking place anywhere but in a hospital. In its ruling, the court wrote that …

MTSU’s Honors College continued its lecture series on the power of place this afternoon with a presentation from university provost and professor of anthropology Brad Bartel on the world’s oldest town. Bartel discussed the development of an ancient civilization in modern-day Turkey called Çatalhöyük (pronounced Chat-ul-who-yuk), which existed almost 10,000 years ago in what is …

MTSU assistant softball coach Kelley Montalvo, 27, was suspended after she was arrested by the Murfreesboro Police Department and charged with driving under the influence Friday night. “Kelley has been suspended indefinitely from all softball coaching related activities and will remain suspended while we review the incident and gather information,” MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro said …

When walking into Virginia Hemby’s office in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department of the Building and Aerospace Building, a welcoming woman in a matching business suit of pink and olive green will greet you. Her professional appearance is indisputable, but this has not always been the case. Hemby, the mastermind behind MTSU’s Raiders’ Closet program, …