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AP Exams
4:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State To Pay AP Exam Fees For Some Knox High School Students

Credit collegeboard.org

Tennessee Department of Education officials will be in East Knox County today to launch a state-funded pilot program that will pick up the tab for some high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Successful completion of the $89 end-of-course exams is a requirement for students hoping to get college credit for their AP classes.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Method: Matters of Heaven and Earth

Images from the Spitzer Space Telescope show the asteroid 3552 Don Quixote is actually a comet.
Credit NASA/JPL

On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
9:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Job Cuts Looming At Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Uncertainty over budget cuts means job reductions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason told staff yesterday that as many as 475 jobs could be lost, though the number will most likely be lower.  Mason announced a “voluntary separation program” with financial incentives for employees who willingly leave their jobs.

That program is effective October 1st; employees can apply until November 14th. 

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Coal Ash
4:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Summit Organizers To Push For Federal Regulation Of Coal Ash

Mounds of coal ash waste fill a creek following a 2008 spill at the TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In 2008, a storage wall at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in East Tennessee collapsed, dumping more than a billion gallons of coal ash waste into the surrounding rivers and community.   The wet, gray sludge covered more than 300 acres, killed thousands of fish, destroyed some nearby homes and filled the Emory and Clinch Rivers to their banks.

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Elections
4:35 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

U.S. Senate Candidate Accused Of Plagiarism

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  The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate says U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr lifted phrases and entire sentences from a conservative research think tank’s website in response to a political questionnaire. 

Carr tells The Tennessean he did some research, wrote down his answers, and says he thought he was pretty clear that those thoughts and ideas were not completely his own. 

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Business
6:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Right to Work Group Alleges UAW Misled Chattanooga VW Workers

Volkswagen employees gather outside the Chattanooga plant in 2010.
Credit Volkswagen Group of America

A right-to-work group is filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of eight workers at the Hamilton County Volkswagen plant who say they were misled by the United Auto Workers union.

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Kituwah Academy
3:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Lessons In Cherokee Teach More Than Language

Bo Lossiah says every book for the New Kituwah Academy has to be rewritten in the Cherokee syllabary for immersion classes.
Credit Christine Jessel

At the New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, North Carolina, a sign above the entrance reads, “English Stops Here.” 

Renissa McLaughlin manages the Kituwah Preservation and Education Program for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina.

“English is what you would consider a cancerous language. It just devours other indigenous languages,” she says.

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Obamacare
12:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennesseans May Pay Some Of The Nation’s Lowest ACA Health Insurance Rates

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  On October 1, the federal government will move forward with the next stage of the Affordable Care Act.  Throughout the country, on-line marketplaces will open up, offering detailed information on health care plans available to qualified customers.  As the date approaches, the questions are already piling up:  Will I qualify?  How will the exchanges work?  What choices will I have?  What will my plan cover?  And how much will I be expected to pay for health insurance?

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Domestic Violence
3:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Releases State Domestic Violence Statistics

Credit Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the results of a two-year study on domestic violence in Tennessee. 

It examined self-reported domestic violence cases in the state between 2010 and 2012.

Overall, the T-B-I reports domestic violence decreased statewide by 3-point-four percent over the two-year study period. But the agency cautions the decrease doesn’t necessarily show a trend: Researchers say they can’t count offenses victims choose not to report, and analysts say domestic violence continues to be underreported in the state.

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TDOT Bid Projects
4:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

TDOT Announces Upcoming Bid Projects

Credit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin taking bids on 86 road construction projects next month. 

Most of the projects up for bid across the state would add or repair guard rails and cable barriers along interstates and state routes. TDOT also plans to bid out several bridge repairs across the state.

Recent federal data revealed several of the state’s bridges have been flagged for structural deficiencies. TDOT reports 25 of those bridges so far are either fixed or under repair. 

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