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Labor
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Haslam Voices Opposition As Union Vote Draws Near

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Less than a week before a crucial union vote at a Chattanooga auto plant, Governor Bill Haslam sent a letter to the facility's chief, expressing his opposition to unionization and questioning the fairness of the vote.

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Death Row
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tennessee Will Resume Death Row Executions In April, 2014

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After a three-year delay, the state will resume executions of death row inmates this year. 

Officials with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed yesterday that the state plans to execute ten death row inmates in the next two years. The Tennessean newspaper reports the state has scheduled three executions for this year, seven for next year.

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Fort Sanders shooting
4:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Knoxville Police Snare Suspect In Fort Sanders Shooting

Brandon Middlebrook is suspected of shooting two people in an apartment near the UT campus Tuesday night
Credit Knox County Sheriff Department

The Knoxville Police Department has named a suspect in a Tuesday night shooting near the University of Tennessee campus that sent three people to the hospital for injuries.  Police say 25 year-old Brandon Middlebrook of Knoxville will face a variety of charges, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.  Middlebrook has a long criminal history that includes charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, theft, aggravated assault, vandalism and attempted robbery.   

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Still Hope For Medicaid Compromise, Says Haslam

Nearly a year after turning down federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid rolls, Governor Bill Haslam said he still hopes he can work out a compromise with federal health officials.

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Science
5:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Rare Tortoises: Species Survival Plans At The Knoxville Zoo

Female (left) and Male (right) Radiated Tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo
Credit Photo by Chrissy Keuper

  

In their more-than-200-million-year history on the planet, turtles and tortoises, like other reptiles, have changed very little… certainly not fast enough for a world that is quickly changing around them.

The Knoxville Zoo currently houses a number of reptiles under 20 Species Survival Plans, breeding programs designed to boost animal populations.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper has this feature with Mike Ogle, the Knoxville Zoo’s Assistant Curator of Herpetology…

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Economics
6:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Tennessee's Economic Forecast: Partly Cloudy

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Each year about this time, Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research economist Matt Murray prepares a summary of the state’s economic health. Governor Bill Haslam and lawmakers use the information in that report to plan the state’s annual budget. Governor Haslam formally presented his budget proposal in  Monday night's State of the State address.

On Tuesday, February 4, Murray spoke to WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about the report's forecast, why jobless rates are so slow to improve, and if tax cuts today will hurt Tennessee tomorrow.

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Labor & Workforce
4:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

VW Chattanooga Workers To Vote On Union Representation

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Workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory will vote next week on possible representation by the United Auto Workers union.                                

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto manufacturing facility has about 3,000 workers and is the German automaker’s only factory in the US.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Education Headlines Haslam Budget Plan

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An ambitious plan to get more Tennessee high schoolers into college, along with capital improvement projects and funding to help adults go back to school to earn a college degree, featured prominently in Governor Bill Haslam's annual State of the State message.

The majority of Haslam's address, delivered Thursday night at the state capitol in Nashville, was dedicated to education.

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Dialogue
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Dialogue: Saving Exotic And Endangered Animals

Ploughshare Tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo
Credit Photo by Chrissy Keuper

On February's Dialogue, maintaining and caring for exotic and endangered animals...

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper hosts with guests Lisa New and Phil Colclough  from the Knoxville Zoo and Ed Ramsay from UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine...

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Education
6:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Tennessee Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licenses

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In a compromise that seemed to satisfy both the state teachers' union and political leaders, the Tennessee Board of Education on Friday decided to change a policy that had tied teacher licensing to gains made in student testing.

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