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Science and Society
2:46 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Method: Windows To The Past And The Future

A tapir skull found at the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Tapirs were abundant in the Tennessee of the Miocene geologic epoch.
Credit East Tennessee State University

This month's edition of The Method involves a little time travel. But don't worry; we'll take only eight minutes of your time.

First, Brandon's off to the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Miocene-epoch fossils found there have painted an incredible picture of life in East Tennessee five million years ago. Two paleontologists will tell us what makes Gray special.

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Marriage
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Injunction Halted, At Least Temporarily

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A panel for a federal appeals court has invalidated the marriages of three same-sex Tennessee couples, at least temporarily. The couples were married in other states, but live in Tennessee.

Last month, a US district court judge granted an injunction, forcing the state to recognize those marriages, but the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has now put that order on hold. The court has also ordered an expedited hearing on Tennessee's appeal of that injunction.

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Weather
11:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Severe Storms Kill Two, Cause Damage Across Tennessee

Lightning crackles across the sky above Sevierville, Monday, April 28, 2014.
Credit Gary Winger/WBIR

Two people were killed and at least six injured when a tornado touched down in Lincoln County on Monday. The same low pressure system that generated that storm also produced storms that caused wind damage and dropped hailstones as large as golf balls over parts of East Tennessee.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Update: Deadly Bus Crash Not The Fault Of Drivers Or Equipment

The accident scene on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, October 2, 2013.
Credit Paul Efird, knoxnews.com

After months of investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has concluded an October 2013 bus crash on I-40 East of Knoxville was caused by neither negligence nor driver incompetence.

Eight people were killed on October 2, when a church bus owned by the Front Street Baptist Church of Statesville, N.C. crossed the median and crashed into an SUV and a tractor-trailer.  The driver of the bus and five of his passengers died, as did the driver of the tractor-trailer and a passenger in the SUV.  Fourteen others were injured.

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Science & Society
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Interview: Dr. Tim Persons, GAO Chief Scientist

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Tim Persons, Chief Scientist of the Government Accountability Office, about the agency and the technology that is transforming the nation’s manufacturing sector, the National Nanotechnology Initiative… 

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Workplace Safety
2:44 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Tenn. Report Claims 78 Work-related Deaths in 2013

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A report being released this weekend claims 78 people in Tennessee were killed in workplace-related accidents and incidents during 2013.

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2014-2015 Knoxville Budget
3:19 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Rogero Proposes Tax Increase In Latest Budget

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero addresses a crowd Wednesday during the unveiling of her 2014-2015 operating budget.
Credit WUOT News, Brandon Hollingsworth

  The last time Knoxvillians saw a property tax increase, current governor Bill Haslam was the mayor asking for it.  It was 2004, Haslam's first year in office.

Ten years later, Haslam's successor says rising expenses are forcing her to ask for an increase.  At a Wednesday afternoon event to unveil her 2014-2015 budget, Madeline Rogero said she will ask City Council to approve a $.34 increase for every $100 of assessed value.  That means the owner of a $100,000 home will pay approximately $85 in additional taxes next year.

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History
5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964.
Credit Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office

Half a century ago, Tennessee and other Southern states looked a little different. If you were a person of color, signs dictated the right building entrance to use, the correct water fountain, the right restroom, and more importantly, the wrong places. The places you couldn’t go. Those areas were reserved for white people only. Fifty years ago this summer – less than a lifetime ago – all that began to change.

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Elections
10:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nashville Could Be Long Shot To Host Democratic Convention

Credit Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

Nashville city officials found out this week their city is one of 15 being considered as a possible host site for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  But Tennessee's political leanings suggest the Music City may be a long shot.

On Monday, mayors in Nashville and 14 other U.S. cities received a request for proposals from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz after organizers trimmed their initial list of choices to 15 cities.  Each city has until June 6 to present its proposal to the DNC.  

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International Relations
5:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran

Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.

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