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4:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Dialogue: Today's Man

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What does it mean to be a man in the year 2013?  How does today’s man adjust to changing attitudes about sexuality, gender identity and masculinity?  How does it change the way he interacts with his family and circle of friends?  What’s the relationship between masculinity and violence, fatherhood, feminism and intimacy?  On this episode of Dialogue, Matt Shafer Powell speaks with Roane State Community College Psychology Professor Jim Doyle, who has spent decades researching the roles of men in American society. 

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Cell Phones
12:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Alexander Blasts Effort To Lift Cell Phone Ban

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If Lamar Alexander is conflicted about the FCC's rule banning the use of cell phones on commercial flights, he hides it well.

In comments released Tuesday, Tennessee's senior senator vowed to introduce legislation to keep the ban in place if the FCC decides to remove it. 

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Health
6:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott County's Hospital Set to Re-Open

Scott County's hospital, photographed shortly after it closed in May 2012.
Credit Saul Young, Knoxville News Sentinel

A year-and-a-half after closing its doors, Scott County's only hospital is poised to once again serve the area next week. The facility in Oneida is scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 2.

The re-opening of the hospital, now operating under the name Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, means closer access to immediate health care for residents of one of Tennessee's poorest counties.

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2012 Meningitis Outbreak
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

FBI Wants To Hear From Meningitis Victims

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A US Attorney is asking victims of last year’s outbreak of fungal meningitis to register on a website for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz hasn’t said when the grand jury will convene, but the FBI is gathering information for a criminal investigation of that outbreak, which sickened 751 people in 20 states and killed 64. 

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Health Insurance
5:41 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Loss of CoverTN Could Affect Thousands

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At the end of this year, more than 15,000 Tennesseans will likely lose their health insurance through a state-run program.

CoverTN provides limited-benefit health coverage geared toward low-income families and small businesses. And on December 31, it's expected to go away. The program doesn't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so unless there's a change of heart -- and policy -- from federal officials, about 15,400 CoverTN customers will have less four weeks to find new health insurance policies if they don't want a lapse in coverage next year.

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Tennessee Homelessness
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

HUD Reports Drop In Homeless Numbers

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that homelessness is declining in Tennessee and across the nation.

The latest estimates from HUD counted just over 9,500 homeless individuals in Tennessee. That’s down by 748 from 2010.

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Thanksgiving specials
9:44 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Join Us for Thanksgiving This Week

  Join WUOT this week for some outstanding Thanksgiving holiday specials.

10:00 a.m.: Thanksgiving with Cantus - Cantus, one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and program host Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music and food. 
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Business
5:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Pilot Settlement Hearing Scheduled for Today (Updated)

An Arkansas judge is expected to approve a proposed settlement package in the Pilot rebate fraud scandal. This morning, attorneys representing Pilot and the clients who agreed to settle will present their arguments to Judge James Moody.

The nation's largest truck stop chain is offering full repayment of money owed from fuel rebates, plus six percent interest and attorneys' fees. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the total amount of the settlement is unclear. The company says total costs could be around $50 million, while the clients estimate total costs at $72 million.

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Tennessee Traffic Fatalities
4:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

State Safety Officials Focus More Resources On Traffic Fatalities

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are focusing even more resources statewide on decreasing the number of traffic fatalities, especially counties that have the largest increases in traffic fatalities.

Shelby County has had 18 more traffic deaths this year than last year and Maury County saw fatalities triple from 5 to 15 by the beginning of this month.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole says though fatality rates have leveled out a bit, improvements have led to an overall drop of 33% from eight years ago:

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Economics
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Flat in October

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Nonfarm employers gained 8,000 jobs in October, but Tennessee's unemployment rate remained stagnant at 8.4 percent.

The Tennessee Bureau of Labor and Workforce Development issued jobless reports for September and October on Thursday, and the numbers showed little improvement since August. Typically, the figures are released monthly, but October's government shutdown delayed the delivery of data state officials needed to calculate September's employment picture.

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