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Chattanooga
4:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Chattanooga Makes Move Toward Commuter Rail

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City planners in Chattanooga say a commuter light rail system would connect its downtown center with the airport and some of the area’s underserved neighborhoods.  The result, they claim, is a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city with lower emissions and more access to jobs.

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Tennessee Culture
3:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Chattanooga Ranks High For Hispanic Population Growth

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the city’s Hispanic population more than tripled in years between 2000 and 2010; finance network WalletHub ranked the city third among the nation’s 150 largest cities for that growth.

But the city ranked much lower in purchasing power and business friendliness towards Hispanics:  116th for purchasing power and 90th for business friendliness.

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Elections 2014
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tennessee Libertarians Still Seek Place On The Ballot

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Recent court rulings have given candidates belonging to the Green and Constitution parties a spot on Tennessee's election ballots. But libertarians are still looking for similar luck.

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee recently filed a suit seeking ballot access, according to the Associated Press. Attorneys representing the party argued Tennessee's ballot-access rules, crafted half a century ago, create an unnecessarily tough standard. That infringes on the party's rights of free speech and association, the lawsuit contended.

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Attorney General
3:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Supreme Court Selects Republican AG After Contentious Year

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When conservatives in Tennessee failed to unseat three Democratic Supreme Court justices in a statewide election last month, Democratic Attorney General Bob Cooper thought he might have a chance at another eight-year term.

He was wrong.

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Criminal Law
3:41 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

East Tenn Man Loses Appeal In Ammunition Possession Case

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

A convicted felon who was sent to prison for 15 years for possessing seven shotgun shells has failed in his bid to have the sentence overturned.

Edward Lamar Young of Hixson says the shells were in a chest of drawers he brought from his neighbor’s house while helping her clear out some of her late husband’s belongings.  Young says he eventually discovered them, but didn’t think anything of it and put them away so his children wouldn’t find them.

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Law Enforcement
6:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

UT Police Chief Part Of Team Addressing On-Campus Sexual Assault

Credit University of Tennessee Police Department

Here at WUOT, we receive e-mail messages each time a sexual assault is reported on the University of Tennessee campus. Less than a month into this new semester, it seemed we were getting more of those messages than usual. It turns out we were right. We were getting more sexual assault notices. But for reasons you might not guess.

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Veteran Suicides
2:21 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

State Officials At Loss To Explain Increase In Veteran Suicides

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 Last year, 214 military veterans in Tennessee took their own lives, 17 more than the previous year. 

It’s the first time the total number of veteran suicides has eclipsed 200 since the state began tracking it in 1990.

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Urban Development
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Planned Tennova Hospital Still Faces Opposition

An aerial rendition of Tennova's planned Middlebrook Pike hospital.
Credit Tennova Healthcare

Tennova Healthcare still wants to build a new hospital facility off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, and some residents still oppose it. The debate may come to a head in November.

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US News & World Report
1:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UT Falls In National Rankings; Officials ‘Not Disappointed”

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  The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has fallen three spots in US News and World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s public universities.  This year’s report places UT in a tie with the University of Oregon at #50.  In the National Universities list, which includes private universities, UT slipped five spots to #106.

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Labor & Workforce
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Tennessee Lacks Workplace Safety Structure For Tobacco Farms

A tobacco farm in Canada.
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Tennessee workplace safety officials don't carry out routine inspections of tobacco farms, creating an environment that labor advocates say leads to a higher risk for on-the-job injuries.

The Nashville Tennessean reviewed federal records and found that no safety inspections have been carried out at Tennessee tobacco farms since December 2006.

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