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Tenn. ranked top for foreign direct investment

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Tennessee has been ranked the top state in the nation for foreign direct investment job commitments in 2013.

That's according to the recently released 2014 Global Location Trends report.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2013 calendar year. Following Tennessee in the rankings were Texas, Georgia and Ohio.

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Ex-FAMU band member guilty in student hazing death


ORLANDO, Fla. – A former Florida A&M University (FAMU) marching band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded FAMU Marching 100 band had performed. The case brought into focus the culture of hazing in the band, which was suspended for more than a year while officials tried to clean up the program.

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Brandon Hayes leads Memphis past Tulsa, 40-20


(AP) – Brandon Hayes ran for a career-high 197 yards on 28 carries and had three touchdowns to help Memphis beat Tulsa 40-20 during the U of M’s homecoming game played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Hayes gave Memphis (5-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) a 20-14 lead with a 51-yard run with 14 seconds left in the first half and added 30- and 14-yard scoring runs in the fourth quarter.

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Randolph leads Grizzlies over Pacers 97-89


INDIANAPOLIS – Zach Randolph gave over four dozen tickets to family and friends from his hometown in Indiana.

He didn't disappoint with a big third quarter.

Randolph scored 11 of his 22 points in the third and added 13 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

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Rivals gear up for next round of Tenn. whiskey war

Whisky Wars

NASHVILLE – The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett on Thursday urged state lawmakers to stick with the state law enacted in 2013 that required any product labeled as Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.

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