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Oak Ridge City Schools
4:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oak Ridge Parents To Be Surveyed Over School Calendar

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Oak Ridge City Schools are considering major changes to the school calendar. Next month, an automated survey will ask parents for their thoughts on the possible changes.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Obama's Nashville Visit Comes As Approval Rating Shrinks

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Later today, Air Force One will touch down in Tennessee's capital city. There, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech not unlike ones he has delivered in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as the nation's chief executive continues a mini-tour to sell ideas he proffered in the State of the Union address.

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Winter 2014
3:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

East TN Heating Bills Expected To Spike With Cold Temps

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 With January heating bills showing up in mailboxes soon, East Tennesseans may want to prepare themselves for an unpleasant surprise.

In Oak Ridge, City Electric Director Jack Suggs says bills for those residents who use electric sources like heat pumps could jump 30 to 40 percent from their December bills.  And December bills were substantially higher than November’s. “People do need to be bracing themselves a little bit for sticker shock,” Suggs tells WUOT News, “and they need to be thinking about putting a little extra aside.”  

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homelessness
5:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Deep Freeze Especially Hard On Knoxville's Homeless

Michael Barton is among the homeless who won't be staying in a shelter tonight.
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Huddled against the wind and snow in his black leather jacket and gray hoodie, Michael admits he doesn’t know where he’ll stay tonight.  When the temperatures dip into the single digits, as they’re supposed to do this evening, he tries to find a friend who’ll give up a sofa or a place on the floor.  But often, he finds himself sleeping outside.  “I don’t know where I’m going to stay,” he says, a toothpick and a cigarette bala

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State Audit Still Finds Big Problems at DCS

Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry.
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Nearly a year after its director resigned under political and media scrutiny, a state audit asserted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services still struggles with some major issues.

The report, released by the state comptroller's office Monday, said DCS conducted subpar child abuse investigations and failed to keep proper tabs on juvenile delinquents. The report also indicates the agency's failure to report child deaths to the General Assembly violates state law.

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Tennessee Coal Mining
4:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Effort Underway To Overturn State Coal Mining Policy

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Tennessee state legislators want to reverse a decision made almost 30 years ago.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
6:45 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#3)

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The session of Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly is entering its third week. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about the latest legislation under discussion… 

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Rural Homelessness
4:30 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Forum To Address Rural Homelessness In Rhea County

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You expect to see homeless people in cities like Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis. 

You probably don’t expect to find them in the small Rhea County town of Dayton (population 7313).   But they’re there.

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Health: Flu Season
8:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Middle Tennessee Flu Deaths Exceed Pandemic Totals For Area

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Deaths from the flu in Middle Tennessee have bypassed deaths in the area during the 2009 / 2010 global pandemic.

Vanderbilt University tracks flu cases and deaths in eight Middle Tennessee counties and reports that 19 people have now died from flu complications. The majority of those were between 41 and 64 years old. The outbreak has also sent about 500 Middle Tennesseans to the hospital.

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Science & Politics
6:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Chief Scientist For NNSA Discusses Intersection Of Science And Political Policy

Dimitri Kusnezov, National Nuclear Security Administration
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Dimitri Kusnezov is Chief Scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration and is also the Director of the NNSA’s Office of Science and Policy.

Kusnezov spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the intersection of science and policy and about why science doesn’t transcend political agendas…

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