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Health and Medicine
3:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tennessee Ranks Low For Breastfeeding

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A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Tennessee near the bottom in breastfeeding practices.

The CDC report ranks Tennessee 49th in the US for the percentage of babies ever breastfed and who continue to be breastfed as they mark their three-, six-, and twelve-month milestones.

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Immigration
5:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Haslam Expresses Concerns Over Undocumented Children In Tennessee

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The debate that has erupted over the estimated 30,000 undocumented minors that have streamed into the United States from Central America now includes Tennessee.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced 760 of those children had been sent to stay with sponsor families in Tennessee. By the end of the day, Governor Bill Haslam had fired off a letter to the White House expressing his displeasure with the news.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Method: Exploring Prehistoric Life and Making Fuel From Plants

Students at the McClung Museum's fossil camp identify sample animal tracks.
Credit Heather Fritts, McClung Museum

This month on The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth meets a group of kids studying rocks, fossils and geologic time at the McClung Museum. What's it like to be dinosaur? We'll find out from the children themselves.

Then, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Jerry Tuskan, an ORNL scientist studying ways to extract fuel from eucalyptus plants. He'll tell us how the process might work.

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Tennessee Unemployment
3:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tennessee County Unemployment Rates Rise

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Unemployment rates for June rose in every Tennessee county.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that all Tennessee counties saw a rise in unemployment last month:  78 counties have rates between 5 and 10% and 17 counties have rates higher than 10%.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 6 percent, up from 5.2% in May.

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Elections
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Costs In Judicial Retention Races Adding Up

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In May, when Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey announced an effort to unseat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in this year's retention elections, some observers predicted a costly fight. Recent FCC election-season disclosures appear to bear that prediction out.

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Crime
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Two Newport Officers, City Alderwoman Indicted In Stolen Goods Operation

Newport Police Capt. James Holt
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Two Newport police captains, a city alderwoman and a fourth person have been indicted on misconduct charges based on a long-running state investigation.

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Earth Science
6:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk

The U.S. Geological Survey's updated earthquake hazard map shows higher risks in East Tennessee than previously thought.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

When the United States Geological Survey released updated earthquake hazard maps last week, media outlets here in East Tennessee quickly reported that the risk of a major shaker here in Appalachia went up. That got the attention of WUOT All Things Considered host (and nervous homeowner) Brandon Hollingsworth.

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Patrick Sullivan's
4:30 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Patrick Sullivan’s Iconic “Painted Ladies” To Be Auctioned Off

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For more than a decade, the Painted Ladies of Patrick Sullivan’s flirted with male customers at the corner of Jackson and Central in Knoxville’s Old City.  They were painted on the windows of the saloon’s second floor, each adorned with the accoutrements of an 19th century call-girl.  Their presence was an artistic wink at the bar’s raucous past, one that includes rumors that it once operated as a brothel.

The bar closed down in 2011. 

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Nashville Area Code
2:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code

Credit WUOT News, Todd Steed

  Since 1995, the 615 area code has been synonymous with Nashville and its surrounding areas.  That will soon change.

Nashville’s rapid population growth and the emergence of cell phones and other communication devices means the 615 code will soon run out of phone numbers.  Beginning in March, all new phone numbers from within the existing 615 area code will contain the new code 629.

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Annual Kids Count Report: Tennessee Child Welfare Improves

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An annual assessment of child well-being in the United States finds Tennessee has made some strides forward in the last decade, but not in every measure.

Tennessee's children are faring better in education and health care, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report, issued this morning. The report compared child welfare in Tennessee according to sixteen standards measured in 2005 and again in 2012 and 2013. The state improved in ten of those 16 categories, worsened in five categories, and remained unchanged in one.

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