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Next Wave Radio Project
4:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Celeste de la Rosa- Turning A Disability Into An Opportunity

Credit WUOT File Photo: Matt Shafer Powell

The job interview can be an intimidating experience even for the most prepared and confident candidate, but a job seeker with a disability faces an even greater set of challenges.  They have to show the employer they can do the job, but they also have to overcome any fears and assumptions the employer may have about working with someone who has a disability.  As part of our Next Wave Radio Project, WUOT’s Celeste de la Rosa looks into how some of those job candidates are turning their disabilities into opportunities... 

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Secrets of Ancient Roman Fort
2:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

UT Research Team Unearths Clues About Lives of Roman Soldiers

The Wadi Gharandal in Southern Jordan contains a spring that may have provided water to Roman soldiers living at this desert outpost in the 4th century.
Credit Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project

In what’s being described as the type of find archeologists “dream of making”, a team of researchers and students from the University of Tennessee say they’ve discovered valuable clues to the lives of ancient Roman soldiers who once lived in the middle of the South Jordanian desert.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Carr's Senate Bid No Easy Path

State Representative Joe Carr.
Credit Joe Carr for Senate

On Tuesday, Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced he would abandon his bid for the 4th Congressional District seat and instead pursue a bigger target: incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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TN: Education Acheivement Gap
4:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Tennessee Students Widens

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The achievement gap between poor and affluent children in Tennessee is widening, even as the gap between minority students and their peers narrows. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports that last year, 60% of the state’s top schools served mostly poor children. This year, the number is just over 40%.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Think Tank to Tennessee Education Officals: Rethink Funding Priorities

Credit Beacon Center

A report from a Nashville-based libertarian organization scrutinized education spending in Tennessee, and its authors said the state needs to shift education funding priorities.

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DCS
11:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Chattanooga Murder Case Highlights DCS Computer Deficiencies

Ty'Reke Evans died in December of 2011 after suffering from multiple bruises, swelling of the brain, needle punctures, broken ribs and lacerations to his bowels and liver.
Credit WRCB-TV

A Chattanooga couple appears in court today in a murder and child abuse case that exposed flaws in the $27 million computer system used by the Department of Children’s Services to track case histories. 

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TVA
10:44 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Inspector General’s Report Clears TVA Chair of Conflict-Of-Interest Charges

Credit epw.senate.gov

  A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Office of the Inspector General has cleared TVA Board Chairman William Sansom of several allegations that his financial interests violate conflict-of-interest laws and policies.  The report also found a nepotism charge levied against Sansom was simply a case of mistaken identity.

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TN: Human Trafficking
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tennessee Among Top States For Laws Against Human Trafficking

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The 4th annual report from the non-profit Polaris Project puts Tennessee among 32 Tier 1 states: those that have passed the most legislation to counter sex and labor trafficking.

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Education
3:59 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Proposed Teacher Licensing Changes Draw Fire

Credit Christine Jessel

The Tennessee Board of Education is scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal that would tie teacher licenses to teacher evaluations, but the proposal’s drawing fire from the Tennessee Education Association.

Under the new policy, teachers would need to get higher scores on licensure tests - and a portion of that process would also be based on TVAAS scores, or measures of student academic growth as shown on state tests.

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Education
4:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Tennessee Department Of Education Gives Local Districts $8 Million

Credit tn.gov/education

The Tennessee Department of Education is giving individual school districts a share of $8 million dollars in the last major grant coming out of Race to the Top funding.  Eighty-three school districts in Tennessee will get a part of that $8 million dollar pot of money, allotted according to district size. But to get it, districts had to agree to implement one of three specific initiatives in teacher evaluation, Common Core testing, or reworked student classroom assignments.

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