Tennessee Teen Health
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tennessee Teens Report Risky Behavior

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A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Tennessee teenagers are using heroin and shooting up drugs at twice the national average. The bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report is based on surveys of high school students between September 2012 and December 2013.                                

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6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Plans Set For Baker Viewing, Burial

Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker (left), pictured with former Senator Bob Dole in 2012.
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The public will have a chance to pay final respects to a Tennessee statesman Monday, ahead of a funeral scheduled for the following day.

Former Senator Howard Baker will lie in repose in the rotunda of the public policy center that bears his name in Knoxville. The public will be allowed to view the casket containing Baker's body from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy on Cumberland Avenue.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Method: Science At The Mall

The SPECTRUM solar energy exhibit in Knoxville Center Mall.
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Imagine walking through your local mall and finding, amid the stores and food courts, a science museum. That's what happened to Brandon Hollingsworth recently. For this month's edition of The Method, Brandon returned to that exhibit, called SPECTRUM, and went inside this portable museum of solar power.

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6:26 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Former Colleagues Remember Howard Baker

Former Sen. Pete Domenici (left) and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland.
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Former senator, ambassador and presidential chief of staff Howard Baker died Thursday, June 26, at his home in Huntsville. He was 88.

Two men who knew Baker well -- former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland -- spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. They shared their memories of working with Baker, and how his role as mediator helped Congress conduct the business of the nation.

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3:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"The Ultimate Statesman": Tenn. Senator Howard H. Baker Dies At 88

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  Here's a collection of quotes and articles honoring the late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away Thursday at the age of 88:

"Howard Baker was Tennessee’s favorite son, one of America’s finest leaders and for Honey and me an indispensable friend. He built our state’s two-party political system and inspired three generations to try to build a better state and country. It is difficult to express how much we honor his life and how much we will miss him."  (U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander)

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Tennessee History
7:49 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers To Hold Trail Of Tears Ceremony

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Map (NPS)
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Tennessee lawmakers will publicly renounce the state’s involvement in the Trail of Tears.

The state legislature passed and Governor Bill Haslam signed the resolution, stating regret over the state’s involvement in the Indian Removal Act of 1830, also known as the Trail of Tears.

Resolution sponsor Representative Glen Casada said the resolution isn’t worded as an apology, because the state can’t apologize for the actions of others, but does offer sincere regret.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rocky Top Vote Goes Ahead As Legal Challenge Continues

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Leaders in the Anderson County town of Lake City plan to go ahead with a vote to change city's name on Thursday, even as a challenge seeking to block that move heads toward appeal.

If adopted, Lake City's new name would be "Rocky Top." Backers say the change would give the town greater visibility, and a developer has promised to construct a water park in the city, contingent on the name change.

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1:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Tennessee Education Officials Back Federal Special-Education Overhaul

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American special-needs students are performing much lower academically than their peers. Tennessee education officials are throwing their weight behind a new federal overhaul for special education programs.

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the overhaul yesterday. The plan would keep goals like meeting timelines for evaluations, due-process hearings, and transitioning children into preschool.

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Fiesta! on WUOT

Fiesta! is a new, original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to listeners. The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series.  

Marketplace Weekend on WUOT-2

Each week on Marketplace Weekend (formerly Marketplace Money), we look at the week’s major national and international stories that will impact the average listener’s wallet. Produced by the award-winning team of Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Weekend continues the legacy of intelligent irreverent radio with smart topics, expert advice, and current information. During the hour-long program, our team helps listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics like how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car as well as the individual impact of national stories. Hosted by Lizzie O'Leary