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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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Economics
6:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Tennessee's Economic Forecast: Partly Cloudy

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Each year about this time, Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research economist Matt Murray prepares a summary of the state’s economic health. Governor Bill Haslam and lawmakers use the information in that report to plan the state’s annual budget. Governor Haslam formally presented his budget proposal in  Monday night's State of the State address.

On Tuesday, February 4, Murray spoke to WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about the report's forecast, why jobless rates are so slow to improve, and if tax cuts today will hurt Tennessee tomorrow.

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Labor & Workforce
4:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

VW Chattanooga Workers To Vote On Union Representation

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Workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory will vote next week on possible representation by the United Auto Workers union.                                

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto manufacturing facility has about 3,000 workers and is the German automaker’s only factory in the US.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Education Headlines Haslam Budget Plan

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An ambitious plan to get more Tennessee high schoolers into college, along with capital improvement projects and funding to help adults go back to school to earn a college degree, featured prominently in Governor Bill Haslam's annual State of the State message.

The majority of Haslam's address, delivered Thursday night at the state capitol in Nashville, was dedicated to education.

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Dialogue
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Dialogue: Saving Exotic And Endangered Animals

Ploughshare Tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo
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On February's Dialogue, maintaining and caring for exotic and endangered animals...

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper hosts with guests Lisa New and Phil Colclough  from the Knoxville Zoo and Ed Ramsay from UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine...

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Education
6:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Tennessee Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licenses

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In a compromise that seemed to satisfy both the state teachers' union and political leaders, the Tennessee Board of Education on Friday decided to change a policy that had tied teacher licensing to gains made in student testing.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
5:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#4)

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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 mining regulations, the wine-in-supermarkets bills, and legislation that would legalize hemp farming in Tennessee…   

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Method: Evolution Battles and Saving Species

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In this edition of The Method: Tennessee legislators are considering changing the ten-member panel that evaluates school textbooks. Brandon Hollingsworth asks University of Tennessee professor of journalism Ed Caudill about the risks of political pressure seeping into science education. Then, Chrissy Keuper reports on a fascinating program at the Knoxville Zoo that seeks to ensure the protection and survival of animal species.

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Report On Teacher Quality Puts Tennessee Among Top Four States

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Tennessee is among the top four states in an annual report on teacher quality.

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