Juvenile Justice
4:46 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Report Sheds Light On Juvenile Justice In Knox County

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A lawsuit against Knox County, now before the Tennessee Supreme Court, is the subject of a report just released by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington DC-based non-profit journalism organization.

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Jay Field is a reporter for MPBN Radio based in the network’s Bangor bureau. In his reporting for the network’s flagship program, Maine Things Considered, Field enjoys exploring how real people’s lives are impacted by the unique policy challenges, economic, education, natural resource and otherwise, that come with daily life in a rural state.

Science
5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

From Gemini to the Genome: John Noble Wilford's Career in Science Reporting

Credit Nate Sanders

If you look at the front page of the New York Times from July 21, 1969, the first thing that jumps out at you is the banner headline, “MEN WALK ON MOON.” But something that might escape all but the eagle-eyed among us is the byline, the name of the man who wrote that historic story.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Haslam Won't Join Campaign To Defeat Tennessee Supreme Court Justices

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Tennessee's top Senate Republican and others are launching a campaign to defeat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention elections this summer. But Gov. Bill Haslam said he won't join that effort.

Speaking to reporters this week, Haslam said he would concentrate instead on a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way Tennessee's judges are selected. Joining the August retention election campaign, Haslam said, would "muddy the waters" on the ballot issue in November.

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Interview
5:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Interview: UK Crew Filming Documentary Of Medicine Man Stan Brock

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical
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For the last two years, a film crew based in London has been working on a documentary about an iconic, but little-known figure in Knoxville:  

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical.

We spoke with filmmaker Paul Angell about the documentary...

About the film

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Tennessee Children
4:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

DCS Releases Court-Ordered Review Of Child Deaths

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The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has completed its first year of reviewing child deaths in the state, as required by a federal judge.

The Tennessean newspaper reports the court order requires DCS to learn as much as possible about every death or near-death in families who had contact with DCS caseworkers.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Financial Disclosure Conflicts With Senate Candidate's Claims

Credit Joe Carr for Senate

Republican State Representative Joe Carr describes himself as a farmer and businessman that lives on a 95-acre farm outside Murfreesboro. But campaign finance disclosure forms present an unclear picture of those descriptions.

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Health
4:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Settlement For Meningitis Victims Up For Approval

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Victims of a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak could see more than $100 million in compensation. 

The outbreak began in 2012, sickening more than 750 people in 20 states, including Tennessee; 64 people died.

The disease was blamed on tainted steroids from the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. The company's owners have denied wrongdoing and no criminal charges have been fired in the case.

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TBI Crime Report
5:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Number of Murders in Tenn. Drops To Lowest Level In Years

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An annual report on crime in Tennessee suggests the number of murders in 2013 was the lowest since the TBI began releasing its "Crime In Tennessee" report in 2001.

The compilation of crime statistics from local law enforcement agencies shows a total of 333 murders in 2013, down 18.6 percent from 2012’s total of 390.    

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Health and Medicine
4:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Tennessee Nursing Homes Is Declining

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New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show a reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications in Tennessee’s nursing homes.             

The data was collected as part of a campaign to reduce the overuse of powerful antipsychotic medications on elderly patients.

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