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Dialogue
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Dialogue: Saving Exotic And Endangered Animals

Ploughshare Tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo
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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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108th Tennessee General Assembly
5:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#4)

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Checking in on Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly:  WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about mining regulations, the wine-in-supermarkets bills, and legislation that would legalize hemp farming in Tennessee…   

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Method: Evolution Battles and Saving Species

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In this edition of The Method: Tennessee legislators are considering changing the ten-member panel that evaluates school textbooks. Brandon Hollingsworth asks University of Tennessee professor of journalism Ed Caudill about the risks of political pressure seeping into science education. Then, Chrissy Keuper reports on a fascinating program at the Knoxville Zoo that seeks to ensure the protection and survival of animal species.

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Report On Teacher Quality Puts Tennessee Among Top Four States

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Tennessee is among the top four states in an annual report on teacher quality.

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Oak Ridge City Schools
4:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oak Ridge Parents To Be Surveyed Over School Calendar

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Oak Ridge City Schools are considering major changes to the school calendar. Next month, an automated survey will ask parents for their thoughts on the possible changes.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Obama's Nashville Visit Comes As Approval Rating Shrinks

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Later today, Air Force One will touch down in Tennessee's capital city. There, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech not unlike ones he has delivered in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as the nation's chief executive continues a mini-tour to sell ideas he proffered in the State of the Union address.

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Winter 2014
3:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

East TN Heating Bills Expected To Spike With Cold Temps

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 With January heating bills showing up in mailboxes soon, East Tennesseans may want to prepare themselves for an unpleasant surprise.

In Oak Ridge, City Electric Director Jack Suggs says bills for those residents who use electric sources like heat pumps could jump 30 to 40 percent from their December bills.  And December bills were substantially higher than November’s. “People do need to be bracing themselves a little bit for sticker shock,” Suggs tells WUOT News, “and they need to be thinking about putting a little extra aside.”  

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homelessness
5:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Deep Freeze Especially Hard On Knoxville's Homeless

Michael Barton is among the homeless who won't be staying in a shelter tonight.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Huddled against the wind and snow in his black leather jacket and gray hoodie, Michael admits he doesn’t know where he’ll stay tonight.  When the temperatures dip into the single digits, as they’re supposed to do this evening, he tries to find a friend who’ll give up a sofa or a place on the floor.  But often, he finds himself sleeping outside.  “I don’t know where I’m going to stay,” he says, a toothpick and a cigarette bala

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State Audit Still Finds Big Problems at DCS

Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry.
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Nearly a year after its director resigned under political and media scrutiny, a state audit asserted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services still struggles with some major issues.

The report, released by the state comptroller's office Monday, said DCS conducted subpar child abuse investigations and failed to keep proper tabs on juvenile delinquents. The report also indicates the agency's failure to report child deaths to the General Assembly violates state law.

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