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3:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

State Education Officials Approve Teacher Licensing Standards

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The Tennessee State Board of Education has given final approval to a plan that will let teachers bypass required professional development credits if they perform well on annual teacher evaluations. The plan also streamlines the number of licenses issued.

This year, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to get rid of a policy tying license non-renewal to poor evaluation marks or low student learning gains.

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2014 open house
2:40 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

WUOT's 2014 Open House is Aug. 7, 4-7 p.m.

WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth poses with a delicious cupcake from Magpies.

You welcome WUOT into your home whenever you turn on 91.9 FM, and we want to welcome you into our studios. Our open house is a fun way for you to spend some time with us and see the radio station. Join us for a few minutes or stay the entire time. Feel free to invite a fellow public radio fan…or two or three!

While you are visiting the studios, you can:

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Education
5:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Knox School Board Solicits Public Opinion On Five-Year Plan

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Knox County school board members are seeking public opinion on the system's proposed five-year strategic plan.

Tonight at West Valley Middle School, board member Karen Carson will sit down with members of the public to hear thoughts and concerns on the plan, called Knox Schools 2020. For those who can't make it to that listening session, the board is also accepting comments on the Knox Schools 2020 website.

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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.
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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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