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Haslam Approval
5:09 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Haslam’s Support Falling Among Independents

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 A new poll released Monday by Middle Tennessee State University shows Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam’s popularity has fallen substantially in the last year.  The poll showed Haslam’s approval dropping from 61 percent in the Spring of 2013 to 47 percent. 

MTSU pollsters suggest the drop was primarily due to a marked decrease in support from Democrats and Independents.  Approval among Democrats fell from 52 percent to 42 percent while support from Independents dropped from 69 percent to 41 percent.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
9:13 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#5)

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Checking in on Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly... 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about a secret survey in the House and Governor Haslam's plan to offer free tuition to two-year community colleges and technical schools...   

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Knox County Schools
4:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Educators Call For Greater Control Of Finances

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, left, with Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre
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A bill making its way through the legislature in Nashville would give local school districts more power over the money they receive from the governments that fund them.  Currently, schools districts like Knox have to get permission from the county before they can move large amounts of money from department to department. 

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The Arts
5:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

"The Whipping Man" Explores Faith, Freedom And The Brotherhood Of Man

Daver Morrison, Steve Sherman and Trammell Tillman (l to r) in a publicity still for The Whipping Man.
Credit Clarence Brown Theatre

On April 9, 1865, the surrender at Appomattox ended the Civil War. Passover began the following day. The annual Jewish observance of freedom from slavery served as a remarkable parallel in that spring of 1865, because here in the South, another freedom from slavery was forging a new social order in the embers of the old one.

That’s the setting of Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, a play currently in production at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville.

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Drug testing
3:48 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Would Allow Drug Testing Of TN Judges

Knoxville Judge Richard Baumgartner stepped down from the bench and was disbarred in 2011 after revelations he had acquired and abused prescription painkillers.
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Two East Tennessee legislators have introduced a bill that would allow the testing of criminal court judges for illegal drug use.  The bill was created as a response to  Knoxville's 2009 Christian/Newsom murder trials, in which presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner abused painkillers while on the bench.

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Labor
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Haslam Voices Opposition As Union Vote Draws Near

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Less than a week before a crucial union vote at a Chattanooga auto plant, Governor Bill Haslam sent a letter to the facility's chief, expressing his opposition to unionization and questioning the fairness of the vote.

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Death Row
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tennessee Will Resume Death Row Executions In April, 2014

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After a three-year delay, the state will resume executions of death row inmates this year. 

Officials with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed yesterday that the state plans to execute ten death row inmates in the next two years. The Tennessean newspaper reports the state has scheduled three executions for this year, seven for next year.

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Fort Sanders shooting
4:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Knoxville Police Snare Suspect In Fort Sanders Shooting

Brandon Middlebrook is suspected of shooting two people in an apartment near the UT campus Tuesday night
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The Knoxville Police Department has named a suspect in a Tuesday night shooting near the University of Tennessee campus that sent three people to the hospital for injuries.  Police say 25 year-old Brandon Middlebrook of Knoxville will face a variety of charges, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.  Middlebrook has a long criminal history that includes charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, theft, aggravated assault, vandalism and attempted robbery.   

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Still Hope For Medicaid Compromise, Says Haslam

Nearly a year after turning down federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid rolls, Governor Bill Haslam said he still hopes he can work out a compromise with federal health officials.

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Science
5:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Rare Tortoises: Species Survival Plans At The Knoxville Zoo

Female (left) and Male (right) Radiated Tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo
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In their more-than-200-million-year history on the planet, turtles and tortoises, like other reptiles, have changed very little… certainly not fast enough for a world that is quickly changing around them.

The Knoxville Zoo currently houses a number of reptiles under 20 Species Survival Plans, breeding programs designed to boost animal populations.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper has this feature with Mike Ogle, the Knoxville Zoo’s Assistant Curator of Herpetology…

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