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Thank you
3:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Thank You for Your Generous Support!

  Yay! Thanks to YOU, WUOT Public Radio raised $150,000 during the spring drive, and your generous contributions will ensure that this station continues to thrive!

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Tennessee Drug Use
3:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Heroin Use On Rise In Tennessee

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Tennessee is among the states reporting a rise in heroin use.

Police and health officials say the abuse of prescription painkillers remains the state’s biggest drug problem, but as prescription pain pills become more expensive and harder to get, Tennessee is seeing a resurgence of heroin use.

Michael Stanfill, of the Tennessee office of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, says pill use and heroin use go hand-in-hand. Stanfill also says Mexican cartels are targeting pill addicts with heroin that is less expensive. 

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#13)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Religious Freedom
4:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

After-School Program Agrees To Train Employees After Bible Incident

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  The ACLU says administrators at a public after-school program in Middle Tennessee have agreed to train their staff on constitutional issues after one student was told he couldn’t read the Bible during free reading time.

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Pledge to WUOT Saturday
5:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Donate today and you might see Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone

  It’s your last day to donate during WUOT’s Spring Fund Drive. Saturday features one of our most popular programs, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and if you donate by 8 p.m., you’ll have the chance to see one of the show’s most hysterical panelists, Pop Tart Princess Paula Poundstone!

Donate today, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to Paula’s show at the Bijou Theatre on July 26!  We have three pairs of tickets, so you have three chances to win!

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Law and Government
5:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Haslam Appoints East TN Judge To Supreme Court

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins.
Credit Tennessee State Courts

Kingsport native Jeff Bivins has been tapped to fill an upcoming vacancy on Tennessee's highest court. Governor Bill Haslam made the announcement Thursday.

Bivins is slated to succeed Justice Bill Koch, who plans to step down in July to become the next dean of the Nashville School of Law. Koch has been on the state Supreme Court since 2007, and has taught at the law school for the past 14 years.

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Community Partnership Day
8:26 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Support WUOT today and help a homeless child!

 

  Today is Community Partnership Day! If you donate today between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., your pledge will count toward our goal of 400 pledges. And if we reach 400 pledges, you can say you played a role in helping a homeless child!

  If we receive 400 pledges, a generous anonymous donor will give $5,000 to Youth LIFT, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help homeless youth succeed through education. Youth LIFT has programs in Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn., as well as St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla.

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Energy
5:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future

Watts bar nuclear plant, in Rhea County.
Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

It didn’t get a lot of attention, but last Friday, March 28, was the 35th anniversary of the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That incident, perhaps more so than any other, shaped the way Americans feel about nuclear energy in their communities. Today, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is trying to change opinions on nuclear power through his work with the advocacy group CASEnergy.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Legislation Will Keep Tennessee Towns And Cities From Forcing Annexation

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Legislation now before Governor Bill Haslam will require voter approval for towns and cities to annex new areas. House sponsor Representative Mike Carter said this legislation represents a success for average citizens in the legislative process.                           

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Urban Sprawl
5:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Tennessee Cities Among Worst For Urban Sprawl

Credit ag.tennessee.edu

A new report that ranks American cities on their ability to contain urban sprawl had few kind words for Tennessee’s largest cities, ranking most of them among the country’s worst.

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