HealthConnections: Stabilizing the Market

In testimony last week before the U.S. Senate's Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak and Governor Bill Haslam urged Congress to keep paying cost-sharing payments called CSRs. The Trump Administration has hinted it will halt those payments, a move observers have said could be dangerous for already-precarious markets, consumers and insurers.

What are CSRs, and why do they matter? And why is Congress facing a tight...

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Improvisations WUOT's locally-produced weekday jazz program, hosted by John Habel , Todd Steed, Paul Parris, and Chris Woodhull.

George Thomas Found Guilty Again in Christian-Newsom Murders

May 17, 2013
Tennessee Department of Correction

A Davidson County jury has found George Thomas guilty on all 38 counts related to the 2007 kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, including a charge of first degree felony murder. Following its verdict, the jury also sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.  During the past week, Thomas' attorneys attempted to portray him as a passive observer to the crimes, but for the second time, a jury has determined him to be an active participant.   Thomas was originally convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 2009, but the c

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Estimating the impact of humans on other species often involves a lot of guesswork, especially when considering the past. Alison Boyer is with the University of Tennessee's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Boyer and her fellow researchers have been putting together an estimate of how many species of land birds have gone extinct on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Knoxville Lawyer Nominated for US District Court Seat

May 17, 2013
Tennessee Bar Association

The first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association and longtime Knoxville lawyer Pamela L. Reeves has been nominated for a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. President Barack Obama announced the nomination yesterday. If confirmed by the Senate, Reeves would replace US District Judge Thomas W. Phillips, who is retiring this summer. Reeves graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and from UT's George C. Taylor College of Law in 1979. She was Tennessee Bar Association president from 1998 to 1999.

Southwings

An alliance of environmental groups says the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act in granting mining permits at two East Tennessee mines. The lawsuit claims the Office of Surface Mining and the US Fish and Wildlife Service did not consult the most current scientific research in considering the impact of surface mines at Zeb Mountain and David Creek on fish. The suit claims dissolved minerals in wastewater are increasing salt in streams to unendurable levels, threatening the endangered blackside dace and Cumberland darter.

George Thomas Jury Deliberations Go Into Second Day

May 16, 2013

A jury determining the fate of murder suspect George Thomas enters a second day of deliberations Friday morning.  Thomas is being retried for his role in the 2007 carjacking, rape, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian.   Jurors are being asked to decide whether Thomas was an active participant in the crimes against the young couple or if he was simply a passive observer.  Prosecutors have failed to produce forensic evidence connecting him to the actual crimes, but they say the murders required a "team effort" and Thomas "was on that team".

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/may/15/rep-faison-says-hell-push-for-lowering-dui-level/

This week, the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states lower the DUI threshold from point 0.08 to 0.05.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that that’s a standard for more than a hundred countries and next year, State Representative Jeremy Faison of Cosby says he’ll file legislation to lower the legal standard in Tennessee to 0.05.

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam Addresses Trucking Executives

May 16, 2013
Christine Jessel

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam stood before a large crowd of trucking executives gathered in Indianapolis this morning at the Scopelitis Transportation Seminar and told them he knew nothing about an alleged scheme to defraud some of his company's trucking customers.  Last month, agents from the IRS and FBI raided Pilot's Knoxville headquarters in search of evidence to support the accusation that some members of the Pilot/Flying J sales staff were taking money promised to some of the company's clients in the form of rebates and discounts.  At this morning's seminar, Haslam spelled out a fi

Lauren Blankenship- Arithmomania Has Twelve Letters

May 16, 2013

Unless you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles or tweeting, counting the number of letters in a word might seem like a pointless endeavor.  But for a tiny segment of the population, the urge to count letters is irresistible, sometimes to the point of distraction.  WUOT’s Lauren Blankenship knows a lot about counting letters.  She's been doing it since she could read.  As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Lauren filed this reflection...

Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Facilities
Holston International Training and Consulting

The University of Tennessee is hosting an active-shooter training today geared toward helping university staff prevent campus shootings.

The audience is expected to include more than 300 participants; it will also be webcast for the entire university system.

Fort Sanders Neighborhood heads up annual "Fragile 15" List

May 15, 2013
Brian Stansberry

The historic district north of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus is the latest neighborhood to top Knox Heritage's annual "Fragile 15" list of endangered structures and places.

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