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New Laws- 2013
4:30 am
Mon July 1, 2013

"Guns In Trunks" Among Several Tennessee Laws Taking Effect Today

Credit capitol.tn.gov

Each July 1 in Tennessee, many of the laws approved during the previous legislative session go into effect.  Here's a quick rundown of some of the new laws:

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Method: Bees and Batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Jianlin Li shows a typical lithium-ion battery. Such batteries power smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

This go 'round on WUOT's The Method, Christine Jessel talks to researchers who are trying to give batteries a boost. That could mean cheaper goods and more power in your electronic devices. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth sits down with University of Tennessee entomologist John Skinner to find out what could explain the mysterious disappearance of bees in North America and Europe.

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Domestic Partnership Benefits
6:56 am
Fri June 28, 2013

East Tennessee City Could Be First To Extend Employee Benefits To Domestic Partners

Credit http://townmapsusa.com/d/map-of-collegedale-tennessee-tn/collegedale_tn

The East Tennessee city of Collegedale is on the verge of being the first municipality in the state to grant health care benefits to all domestic partners.

Collegedale City Commission members passed the first reading of a plan to give the same benefits that married city workers receive to heterosexual and same-sex partners of city employees. Collegedale commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of including domestic partners in the city benefits plan. A second reading of the plan is expected in August.

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Rare Birds
4:30 am
Thu June 27, 2013

New Technology Helps Track Rare Birds In Smokies

New voice recognition technology could be used to locate and track rare Smoky Mountain birds like the Prairie Warbler.
Credit U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

If you want to find out if a rare bird like the Prairie Warbler is living near you, you can stand out in a field and listen for its call.  But that could take hours.  Or days.  Or months.  And you still might miss it.

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Tennessee Job Growth
4:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Jobs Requiring More Education Predicted In Tennessee And Nationwide

Credit http://cew.georgetown.edu/

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that getting a job is going to get tougher in the coming years. Nationwide, through the year 2020, growth is projected for high-skilled jobs, but employment in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting is expected to decline.

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US Army Restructuring At Fort Campbell
6:29 am
Wed June 26, 2013

US Army Restructuring Will Affect Fort Campbell

Credit http://www.campbell.army.mil/Pages/CampHome.aspx

The US Army announced a restructuring plan yesterday, which means cutting the number of active-duty combat brigades and decreasing the service by 80,000 soldiers. The plan will affect Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee - Kentucky border.

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In Search of Dental Care
4:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

One In Five Tennesseans Lacks Access To Dental Care

Credit pewstates.org

A new report claims Tennessee is suffering a severe shortage of qualified dentists and the problem isn't likely to be resolved in the coming years.  The Pew Charitable Trusts' In Search of Dental Care report identifies "shortage areas" throughout the country in which the ratio of dentists to residents is particularly troublesome.  Approximately 19% of Tennesseans don't have access to a dentist who can provide routine care, a dubious distinction that ranks Tennessee among the worst in the natio

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Knoxville Zoo
12:43 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Wild Bear Attempts Knox Zoo Break-in Under Cover Of Darkness

Otis (shown here), one of four black bears at the Knoxville Zoo, was sound asleep last night and oblivious to an attempted break-in by one of his wild cousins.
Credit Knoxville-zoo.org

Maybe he was looking to find a place where he could get a good night's sleep.  Maybe he was lonely and looking for a little female companionship.  Or maybe he was inspired by the story of an 82 year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge last summer. 

No, says Knoxville Zoo Mammal Curator Amy Flew, the young black bear seen scaling one of the zoo's perimeter fences early this morning was probably just looking for food.  And for the record, she says no one is sure whether the bear was actually a "he".

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Nashville Symphony Avoids Bankruptcy
6:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nashville Symphony Strikes Deal With Creditors

The Nashville Symphony has made a deal with creditors. The move will avoid the organization’s bankruptcy and prevent the sale of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The settlement eliminates a debt of more than $80 million in exchange for a lump-sum payment. The amount of that payment isn’t known, but it's given by longtime symphony donor Martha R. Ingram.

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State Government
6:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Ruling Clears Way For State Layoffs

Tennessee State Employees Association Executive Director Robert O'Connell

Close to 200 state employees are facing the end of their jobs after a circuit court judge ruled the Haslam administration did not violate state law in ordering layoffs. The ruling is a blow to the workers who were fighting the decision in court.

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