Religious Freedom Act
4:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

ACLU "Surprised" By Religious Freedom Act

Sen. Brian Kelsey introduced the Religious Freedom Act last week, only to withdraw his sponsorship Thursday.
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The American Civil Liberties Union’s Nashville office usually has a pretty good idea of what bills they’ll need to address before they’re introduced.  The Religious Freedom Act was an exception.

Introduced shortly before last week’s filing deadline, HB2467 and SB2566 would protect business owners from having to provide goods or services to gay couples “in furtherance of a civil union, domestic partnership, or marriage not recognized by the Tennessee Constitution.” 

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Guns In Parks Measure Passes Senate, May Face Changes In House

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 A measure that would strip local governments of the authority to decide whether handgun carry permit holders can bring their firearms into city parks passed the Senate by a wide margin Thursday, but its future in the House is unclear.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Legislation Update: Immigration And Method-Of-Execution Bills

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A Tennessee state Senate committee has delayed one immigration-related bill and approved another.                                  

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Arts
2:26 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Knoxville Opera presents Donizetti's "The Elixer of Love"

Donizetti's comic opera, "L'elisir d'Amore"

Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, "L'elisir d'Amore" tells a tale about love, passion, and unrequited love, seasoned with laughs, colorful characters,  gorgeous music, and a happy ending!   The Knoxville Opera presents a production of it on Valentine's Day evening, Friday night at 8pm and also Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.  In this interview, Melony Dodson talks with stage director, Brian Deedrick, about this entertaining opera and why, perhaps, it is the perfect "first opera" to see and hear.

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Winter 2014
10:21 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Half Foot Of Snow in Knox Most In 21 Years

Pat Summitt's statue on the University of Tennessee campus beams with pride, despite a new hat and coat made of snow, courtesy of an overnight winter storm.
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Schools, government offices and even the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus are closed today in the wake of a winter storm that dumped nearly six inches of snow at McGee-Tyson airport overnight. 

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Voting Rights
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

US Attorney General Asks Tennessee And Other States To Restore Voting Rights To Ex-Felons

US Attorney General Eric Holder / February 7, 2014 / Reception for baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in Washington, DC / Photo by Nick Wass/AP
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US Attorney General Eric Holder has asked Tennessee and 10 other states (Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, and Virginia) to restore voting rights to those with former felony convictions.

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Winter 2014
4:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Cell Phone Battery Often Overlooked In Winter Prep

Traffic comes to a standstill outside Atlanta, Georgia after a January 28 snowstorm caught the city, and thousands of unprepared drivers, by surprise.
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Most of the advice we hear when preparing to travel during a winter storm has remained unchanged for generations.  For instance, fill up your tank with gas, carry extra blankets, a flashlight, and some food and water. 

But here’s something Grandma never had to consider—make sure your cell phone battery is ready.

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Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

Sandy Hausman joined our news team in 2008 after honing her radio skills in Chicago.  Since then, she's won several national awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Radio, Television and Digital News Association and the Public Radio News Directors' Association. 

Sandy has reported extensively on issues of concern to Virginians, traveling as far afield as Panama, Ecuador, Indonesia and Hong Kong for stories on how expansion of  the Panama Canal will effect the Port of Virginia, what Virginians are doing to protect the Galapagos Islands, why a Virginia-based company is destroying the rainforest and how Virginia wines are selling in Asia.

108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Tennessee Senate Committee To Discuss Immigration Legislation

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Tomorrow, the Tennessee Senate Education Committee will discuss legislation that would qualify undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition to the state’s universities and community colleges.

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