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Methamphetamine
1:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Some Still Oppose Toned-Down Meth Bill

A watered-down anti-meth bill passed by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week would restrict the purchase of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to 44.8 grams per year. Some groups say that's still too restrictive.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  Last week, members of Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a toned-down version of Governor Bill Haslam’s Anti-Meth Production Act.  But some opponents of the bill say the new version is still too restrictive.

Haslam’s proposal would limit individuals to 14.4 grams of the popular allergy and cold medicine pseudoephedrine per year.  Any amount beyond that limit would require a prescription.  Under pressure from pharmaceutical companies and groups like the American Association of Retired Persons, House members increased the limit to 44.8 grams per year.  

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#9)

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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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Health
3:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Obesity Rates Up In Tennessee And Nationwide

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The latest Gallup-Healthways State of the States survey finds that three in 10 adults in Tennessee are obese.                                              

Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese and according to Gallup, obesity rates have increased nationwide each year since 2008. The US rate is now more than 27%, up from 26% in 2012. An average of 62.8% of American adults was overweight or obese that same year.

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Animal Refuge
4:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Interview: The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

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  Tennessee is home to the largest natural refuge for elephants in the US, the Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Currently, eleven Asian elephants and two African elephants, all females, live their lives in the sanctuary, with minimal human contact.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Todd Montgomery, the Sanctuary’s Education Manager. He says the sanctuary is unique among the places where once-captive elephants retire…

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Cumberland Avenue Overhaul Project
6:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Work On Cumberland Strip To Begin Soon

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The Cumberland Avenue overhaul project is about to make that all-important transition from discussion to construction.

Knoxville city officials say work on the stretch of road known locally as “the Strip” could begin by the first of June.  The Strip runs along the northern edge of the University of Tennessee campus between 16th Street and 22nd Street. 

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Federal Court
4:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Record Water Pollution Fine For Company Operating In Tennessee

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A coal supplier operating in Tennessee and four other states will pay a record fine for violating water pollution limits.

A deal filed yesterday in federal court proposes a record fine of $27.5 million to cover more than 6,200 water pollution violations.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, Incorporated, is the nation’s third largest supplier of coal, operating in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Dialogue
6:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Dialogue: The "Uneasy Alliance" Between Pakistan And The United States

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

The U.S. formally established diplomatic relations with Pakistan on October 20, 1947. The ties formed in the dying throes of the British Empire have been tested heavily over the ensuing six decades, from the Cold War to the challenges of the war on terror. The result is an uneasy alliance between the two nations, one that has been both dysfunctional and beneficial through the years.

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Ukraine
6:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Interview: Putting Ukraine In Perspective

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Following the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, Russian troops are dispersed throughout the region of Crimea, an autonomous southern region of Ukraine. As members of NATO meet, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper sits down with Curtis Bell to put the developing situation in Ukraine in perspective. Bell teaches political science at the University of Tennessee, focusing on international relations, civil war, and state failure…

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TVA
4:35 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

President’s Budget Suggests TVA Sale

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(NOTE:  This story was updated on 6/4/14  to include revised debt figures)

For the second time in as many years, President Barack Obama’s budget contains a suggestion that the federal government rid itself of the Tennessee Valley Authority and its $26.3 billion debt.

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Law Enforcement
4:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tennessee Could Bypass Missouri In Meth Use

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Early estimates for 2013 predict that Tennessee will surpass Missouri in total methamphetamine lab incidents. 

Missouri has consistently led the nation in methamphetamine use. But the Tennessean newspaper reports that Tennessee could surpass Missouri, and that Indiana could take the lead.

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