The November edition of The Method looks at some current issues facing lawmakers as they try to marry science and policy.
First up, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth talks about the sometimes-heated debate over water use with Terry Tyler, an energy expert lending his services to the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville.
What does it mean to be a man in the year 2013? How does today’s man adjust to changing attitudes about sexuality, gender identity and masculinity? How does it change the way he interacts with his family and circle of friends? What’s the relationship between masculinity and violence, fatherhood, feminism and intimacy? On this episode of Dialogue, Matt Shafer Powell speaks with Roane State Community College Psychology Professor Jim Doyle, who has spent decades researching the roles of men in American society.
A US Attorney is asking victims of last year’s outbreak of fungal meningitis to register on a website for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz hasn’t said when the grand jury will convene, but the FBI is gathering information for a criminal investigation of that outbreak, which sickened 751 people in 20 states and killed 64.
At the end of this year, more than 15,000 Tennesseans will likely lose their health insurance through a state-run program.
CoverTN provides limited-benefit health coverage geared toward low-income families and small businesses. And on December 31, it's expected to go away. The program doesn't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so unless there's a change of heart -- and policy -- from federal officials, about 15,400 CoverTN customers will have less four weeks to find new health insurance policies if they don't want a lapse in coverage next year.
An Arkansas judge is expected to approve a proposed settlement package in the Pilot rebate fraud scandal. This morning, attorneys representing Pilot and the clients who agreed to settle will present their arguments to Judge James Moody.
The nation's largest truck stop chain is offering full repayment of money owed from fuel rebates, plus six percent interest and attorneys' fees. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the total amount of the settlement is unclear. The company says total costs could be around $50 million, while the clients estimate total costs at $72 million.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are focusing even more resources statewide on decreasing the number of traffic fatalities, especially counties that have the largest increases in traffic fatalities.
Shelby County has had 18 more traffic deaths this year than last year and Maury County saw fatalities triple from 5 to 15 by the beginning of this month.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole says though fatality rates have leveled out a bit, improvements have led to an overall drop of 33% from eight years ago: