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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Method: Science On Social Media And Going Batty With An Expert

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Did you know nearly a quarter of all mammal species on Earth are bats? WUOT's Chrissy Keuper learned this and more when she spoke with Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Law and Government
6:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Realities Dilute "Amelia's Law"

Amelia Keown, pictured with her sister Chloe.
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On March 21, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill called "Amelia's Law.”  The law was named after a Blount County teenager who was killed by an impaired driver.  But WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth reports the bill bears little resemblance to the one proposed last year by the girl's mother.

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Death Penalty
3:59 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Death Penalty Bill Could Lead To More Electrocutions

Tennessee's electric chair, nicknamed "Old Sparky" is seen in this 1999 photo.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

  A bill passed by House and Senate committees on Wednesday would ease restrictive language that has kept the Department of Correction from using the electric chair as a means to execute death row inmates.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Advances In Senate, Waits In House

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A state Senate committee approved a proposal to create a limited school voucher program on Wednesday, even as questions remain about how large the effort should be.

The Senate's proposal would include 5,000 low-income students from poorly-performing Tennessee schools in the program's first year, expanding to 20,000 students in its fourth year, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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Consumer Affairs
3:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Some Tennessee Consumers To Share E-Book Settlement

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Some Tennesseans will start receiving account credits or checks this week as part of a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states against Apple, Inc., and five of the nation's six largest e-book publishers (Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.). 

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Daylight Saving Time
4:08 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Bill To Eliminate Standard Time Dies In Tenn. House

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  A bill that would have made Daylight Saving Time permanent in Tennessee has failed to pass a House committee after facing resistance from East Tennesseans.

The bill would have eliminated the biannual “Spring Forward/Fall Back” switch from standard to daylight time and back.  The bill’s sponsors say most Tennesseans are in favor of the idea, but acknowledge the bulk of that support comes from Middle and West Tennessee, two regions located in the Central Time Zone.

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2014 Spring Fund Drive
11:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

2014 Spring Fund Drive

Paula Poundstone

  Saturday, April 5, is the last day of WUOT's 2014 Spring Fund Drive. Saturday features one of our most popular programs, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and if you donate by 8 p.m., you’ll have the chance to see one of the show’s most hysterical panelists, Pop Tart Princess Paula Poundstone!

Donate Saturday, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to Paula’s show at the Bijou Theatre on July 26!  We have three pairs of tickets, so you have three chances to win!

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Tennessee Culture
3:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cremation Practice On The Rise In Tennessee

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More Tennessee deaths are being handled with cremation.

The most recent report from the Cremation Association of North America ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation for the increased practice of cremation in the state.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
9:15 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#11)

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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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Red Light cameras
4:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Oak Ridge To Take Another Stab At Red Light Camera Contract

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  UPDATE:  Oak Ridge city council rejected the resolution to extend the contract and the cameras will be removed when the contract expires on April 21.

Oak Ridge city council members will decide whether to extend the city’s red light camera contract tonight after failing to resolve the issue at an earlier meeting.

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