TVA's Norris Dam Celebrates 80 Years With Public Party

TVA's Norris Dam means different things to different people. Not unlike a puzzle cube, the dam's meaning and legacy change as different sides come into view. The dam was the Tennessee Valley Authority's first major project, launched within months of the agency's creation in 1933. Norris brought electricity to an impoverished region, served as a model for the Tennessee State Park system and helped establish flood control along the Clinch River and, further downstream, the Tennessee River...
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If you've been watching the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on TV, you've probably seen it happen a few times already: Every few minutes, a fresh wave of brightly colored signs — bearing campaign slogans like "Stronger Together" or "Love Trumps Hate" — spreads across the convention floor like wildfire.

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the change in downtown Knoxville over the last decade or so without Bill Lyons’ name coming up.  Since leaving a professorship at the University of Tennessee to join City Hall in 2003, the Deputy Mayor and Public Policy Director has become the gear that turns the engine of development in Knoxville’s City Center.  On our next Dialogue, Bill Lyons will join us to talk about how Knoxville's downtown has gone from a lifeless, aging hulk to a vibrant, urban destination.  We’ll hear his vision for the city’s future.  And we'll take your questions and comments.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has been in politics since the 1960s, and launched multiple runs for president himself.

In 1992, he ran as the outsider candidate — chastising the incumbent parties that had "failed their duty."

"They've placed their own interest about the national interest," he said during the speech that kicked off his campaign. They've allowed themselves to be trapped and in some cases corrupted by the powerful forces of greed. It's time for them go!"

There's been a looming fear that mosquitoes would start spreading the Zika virus in the U.S. Now that possibility seems increasingly real.

On Thursday, senior officials at the Food and Drug Administration said they have asked blood donation centers in two Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, to stop collecting blood for the time being.

Earlier this year, a 6-year-old girl was shot and badly wounded during a firefight between U.S. and Afghan forces and the Taliban. Her father, a Taliban fighter, her mother and some siblings were all killed in the gun battle.

Dr. Chance Henderson, a Texas-born orthopedic surgeon, was there when the girl, whom NPR is calling Ameera, was brought to the hospital at the Bagram Airfield outside Kabul.

"I remember her quite vividly there on that stretcher, and how tiny she looked," he says.

Researchers have found a curious purple orb near California's Channel Islands – and it's left them stumped.

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Prosecutors moved to drop murder charges against Ingmar Guandique, who was accused of killing 24-year-old Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy in 2001. The judge immediately approved and dismissed the case on Thursday.

The Levy case "made headlines across the nation because of the victim's romantic involvement when then-Rep. Gary Condit," as The Two-Way reported.

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