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Health and Wellness
4:30 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Tennesseans Know How To Live Healthier—They Just Don’t Do It

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A survey of 1200 Tennesseans shows they know the importance of eating right and exercising.  They know they shouldn’t smoke.  They even say they’re ready to make changes in their habits. 

But few are actually going through with it.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Healthier Tennessee initiative.

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Death Penalty
12:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Tennessee Requests Record Number Of Death Row Executions

Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1985 rape and murder of the seven year-old Knoxville girl he was babysitting.
Credit Tennessee Department of Correction

In a state that has only executed six death row inmates since 1960, Tennessee appears ready to enter a period in which executions become more common.

The Tennessean reports the State Attorney General’s office recently petitioned the Tennessee Supreme Court to schedule ten executions, an unprecedented number.  One of those requests has been granted; Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die January 15 for the 1985 rape and murder of a seven year-old Knoxville girl.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Knox School Board Creates Panel to Hear Teacher Concerns

Teachers, students and supporters attend a meeting of the Knox County Board of Education at the City-County Building, Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Credit Gerald Witt, Knoxville News Sentinel

Public school teachers in Knox County continue to push county school leaders to address their concerns about teacher evaluations, curriculum pressures and other issues. Twenty-six educators, along with students, parents and supporters, articulated those concerns to the Knox County Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

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Health Insurance
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Study: TennCare Recipients Satisfied With Service

The future of TennCare is shadowed by uncertainty, but the people who depend on the state's Medicaid program say they're happy with the mdical service they get.

The University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research surveyed 5,000 TennCare recipients this summer, and 95 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the medical care they received. TennCare is geared toward providing medical care to 1.2 million Tennesseans, mainly low-income households, the disabled and the elderly.

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University of Tennessee
1:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

UT To Raise Its Minimum Wage

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The University of Tennessee announced today it will raise the starting minimum wage for its workers by $.50 per hour in January, with another $.50 raise to follow six months later. 

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Psychology
4:30 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Can Gut-Level Attitudes Predict Marital Success?

Credit magicalday.com

Ask a newlywed couple what they think about each other and chances are, they’ll present a rosy picture.  That’s not a surprise, since cultural norms suggest newlyweds should act as if they’re head-over-heels in love with each other.

But for some couples, it’s just that—an act.

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Education In Tennessee
4:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fewer Tennessee Teachers Remaining In The Profession

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that traditionally, teachers in Tennessee have entered the profession in their early 20's and have stayed for 25 years or longer. But now, many teachers in the state are leaving the profession after only a few years, with some estimates saying as many as half leave in the first five years.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Method: Science and Public Policy

The Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Georgia wants access to this part of the river to quench its growing thirst.
Credit Charlene Simmons, via Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

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Men's Issues
4:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Dialogue: Today's Man

Credit comicvine.com

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. 

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Cell Phones
12:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Alexander Blasts Effort To Lift Cell Phone Ban

Credit npr.org

If Lamar Alexander is conflicted about the FCC's rule banning the use of cell phones on commercial flights, he hides it well.

In comments released Tuesday, Tennessee's senior senator vowed to introduce legislation to keep the ban in place if the FCC decides to remove it. 

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