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Health: Abortion Rates
4:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Abortion Rates In Tennessee Dropped In The Last Decade...

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...but the number of women coming into Tennessee to have the procedure is rising.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2010, there were 16, 373 abortions performed in Tennessee. That’s down 6% from a decade before.

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Women In Politics
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero: Women In Turkish Politics

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, speaking at the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey
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Madeline Rogero is well known in East Tennessee, not only for being Knoxville’s City Mayor. Rogero is the first woman to hold that office and she’s the first woman elected mayor in any of Tennessee’s four largest cities (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga).

The US Embassy in Turkey recently asked Rogero to come to Turkey, to speak with politicians, political parties and women’s groups about women in politics.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Mayor Rogero about the trip…

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Y-12 protesters
4:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Y-12 Protesters To Finally Learn Fate Today

Michael Walli, Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed (L-to-R) each face up to nine years in prison for the 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
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  The last time Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were in the federal courtroom in Knoxville, they assumed they would either be set free or sentenced to prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Old Man Winter had different ideas.

With a snowstorm bearing down on East Tennessee on January 28, the courtroom was closed before the three nuclear protesters could learn their fate.  

They’ll be back in that same courtroom today.  With temperatures predicted in the low 60’s, another snow delay isn’t likely.  

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Technology
8:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Agreement Capitalizes On ORNL 3-D Printing Methods

A large-scale 3-D printer creates a plastic chair frame at Oak Ridge National Lab's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Monday, February 17, 2014.
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An agreement signed on Monday means parts for airplanes and cars, as well as household items, may soon be printed instead of manufactured using traditional methods. The research-and-development agreement links Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Ohio-based Cincinnati Incorporated. Together, they'll work on using 3-D printing to make bigger items more cheaply and faster than current methods allow.

"The additive manufacturing machines now make something the size of a shoebox," said Lonnie Love, a robotics team leader at ORNL. "This new machine can make something the size of a car."

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
8:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#6)

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The ACLU of Tennessee and the Tennessee Equality Project have spoken out against a piece of legislation known as the Religious Freedom Act.

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Religious Freedom Act
4:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

ACLU "Surprised" By Religious Freedom Act

Sen. Brian Kelsey introduced the Religious Freedom Act last week, only to withdraw his sponsorship Thursday.
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The American Civil Liberties Union’s Nashville office usually has a pretty good idea of what bills they’ll need to address before they’re introduced.  The Religious Freedom Act was an exception.

Introduced shortly before last week’s filing deadline, HB2467 and SB2566 would protect business owners from having to provide goods or services to gay couples “in furtherance of a civil union, domestic partnership, or marriage not recognized by the Tennessee Constitution.” 

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Guns In Parks Measure Passes Senate, May Face Changes In House

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 A measure that would strip local governments of the authority to decide whether handgun carry permit holders can bring their firearms into city parks passed the Senate by a wide margin Thursday, but its future in the House is unclear.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Legislation Update: Immigration And Method-Of-Execution Bills

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A Tennessee state Senate committee has delayed one immigration-related bill and approved another.                                  

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Winter 2014
10:21 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Half Foot Of Snow in Knox Most In 21 Years

Pat Summitt's statue on the University of Tennessee campus beams with pride, despite a new hat and coat made of snow, courtesy of an overnight winter storm.
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Schools, government offices and even the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus are closed today in the wake of a winter storm that dumped nearly six inches of snow at McGee-Tyson airport overnight. 

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Voting Rights
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

US Attorney General Asks Tennessee And Other States To Restore Voting Rights To Ex-Felons

US Attorney General Eric Holder / February 7, 2014 / Reception for baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in Washington, DC / Photo by Nick Wass/AP
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US Attorney General Eric Holder has asked Tennessee and 10 other states (Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, and Virginia) to restore voting rights to those with former felony convictions.

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