108th Tennessee General Assembly
5:54 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#14)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Magnolia Avenue
4:30 am
Mon April 14, 2014

City To Roll Out Latest Vision For Magnolia Avenue This Week

A 2009 architect's rendering for one section of Magnolia Ave. near Winona St.
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Knoxville city officials and consultants will unveil their latest designs for the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project on Wednesday, part of an effort to revitalize an area that’s suffered from years of deterioration and neglect.

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Morning Concert
12:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Knoxville Opera one of only two Opera companies in the US producing Bellini's "Norma" this year

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The Knoxville Opera is one of only two companies producing Bellini's opera, "Norma," this year.  (The other company being the Metropolitan Opera in NYC).  A few days ago, Melony Dodson talked with stage director, Elizabeth Bachmann, about this beautiful, but rarely performed work.  Its challenges, rewards, beautiful floating melodies, and strong characters are all topics that are discussed in this conversation.  "Norma" is a rare gem and one that you probably won't want to miss.

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Health
3:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Number Of Tennessee Children With Health Insurance Rises

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More Tennessee children have health insurance.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that the number of uninsured children in Tennessee fell by 4.4% between the years of 2008 and 2012.

The biggest change was seen in Tennessee’s Hispanic children:  the number without insurance fell from 27.8% in 2008 to 14.8% in 2012.

In 2012, 5.9% of children of all racial groups in Tennessee had no insurance, less than the national average of 7.5%.

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts

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Counties across Tennessee are now receiving the first wave of money from a $15 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The money will be targeted at reducing tobacco use among children and expectant mothers, along with cutting down on secondhand smoke.

Today and Friday, pubic health officials in Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties will be the latest to receive their first share of the money that was awarded to Tennessee as part of a 2012 settlement with the nation's largest tobacco producers.

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Methamphetamine
3:59 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tenn. House Passes Weaker Version Of Anti-Meth Bill

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If the Tennessee General Assembly had passed Governor Bill Haslam’s version of the Anti-Meth Production Act, it would have created some of the toughest pseudoephedrine and ephedrine purchase restrictions in the country.  But pressure from the pharmaceutical lobby and others who claim the bill would inconvenience law-abiding pseudoephedrine users convinced the governor to lower his expectations.

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Dialogue
11:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Dialogue: The Latest Data On Homelessness In Knoxville-Knox County

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The Knoxville-Knox County Homelessness Coalition was formed in 1986 to study homelessness in the area and to determine and coordinate services available to the homeless. Every two years, the Coalition presents a study on homelessness we'll hear the results of that study, along with the details of the City of Knoxville's latest plan to address homelessness.

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

Economics
5:50 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Economist: Tennessee Budget Crunch A Long-Term Problem

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a package of proposed budget cuts that would trim more than $300 million in state spending in the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and all of FY 2015. The news comes amid tax revenues falling short of projected levels, and after months of good news for Tennessee’s economy. So what explains the sudden financial scramble in Nashville?

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