Education
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

GOP Senators Say Accord Could Be Near On Voucher Proposal

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Two Republican state Senators say they're optimistic that a compromise could be close at hand on a long-debated school voucher proposal.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Legislation Update: Executive Authority Bills

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Legislation that aims to curb the power of the state Governor is getting support from some state workers.  

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Y-12 protesters
9:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Y-12 Protesters To Spend Next Years In Prison

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  Michael Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed and Sister Megan Rice all knew they could eventually spend time in prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.  But on that dark July night in 2012, they weren’t even sure if they would make it to dawn.  Breaking into a high-security facility like Y-12 was considered a suicide mission.

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Health: Abortion Rates
4:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Abortion Rates In Tennessee Dropped In The Last Decade...

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...but the number of women coming into Tennessee to have the procedure is rising.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2010, there were 16, 373 abortions performed in Tennessee. That’s down 6% from a decade before.

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Women In Politics
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero: Women In Turkish Politics

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, speaking at the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey
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Madeline Rogero is well known in East Tennessee, not only for being Knoxville’s City Mayor. Rogero is the first woman to hold that office and she’s the first woman elected mayor in any of Tennessee’s four largest cities (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga).

The US Embassy in Turkey recently asked Rogero to come to Turkey, to speak with politicians, political parties and women’s groups about women in politics.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Mayor Rogero about the trip…

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Y-12 protesters
4:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Y-12 Protesters To Finally Learn Fate Today

Michael Walli, Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed (L-to-R) each face up to nine years in prison for the 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
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  The last time Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were in the federal courtroom in Knoxville, they assumed they would either be set free or sentenced to prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Old Man Winter had different ideas.

With a snowstorm bearing down on East Tennessee on January 28, the courtroom was closed before the three nuclear protesters could learn their fate.  

They’ll be back in that same courtroom today.  With temperatures predicted in the low 60’s, another snow delay isn’t likely.  

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Technology
8:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Agreement Capitalizes On ORNL 3-D Printing Methods

A large-scale 3-D printer creates a plastic chair frame at Oak Ridge National Lab's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Monday, February 17, 2014.
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An agreement signed on Monday means parts for airplanes and cars, as well as household items, may soon be printed instead of manufactured using traditional methods. The research-and-development agreement links Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Ohio-based Cincinnati Incorporated. Together, they'll work on using 3-D printing to make bigger items more cheaply and faster than current methods allow.

"The additive manufacturing machines now make something the size of a shoebox," said Lonnie Love, a robotics team leader at ORNL. "This new machine can make something the size of a car."

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Arts
3:21 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Melony Dodson talks with Dan Alcott

Conductor, Dan Alcott

The Oak Ridge chamber symphony presented a concert Valentine's Day weekend at the intimate setting of First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge.  The title of the concert was "Baroque Bonanza" and featured several double concertos from the Baroque era, as well as a suite by Henry Purcell and a few works by Mozart.  In this interview, Maestro Dan Alcott talks a little bit about this period of music and why people seem to enjoy listening to Baroque music so much.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
8:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#6)

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The ACLU of Tennessee and the Tennessee Equality Project have spoken out against a piece of legislation known as the Religious Freedom Act.

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Stefan Fatsis began talking about "sports and the business of sports" with the hosts of All Things Considered in 1998. Since then he has been a familiar weekly voice on the games themselves and their financial, legal and social implications.

The author of three books, Fatsis' national bestseller, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, chronicled the subculture of the game and his own rise from novice to expert-level player. A 10th anniversary edition of Word Freak will be published in the summer of 2011.

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