Education
8:33 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Report On Teacher Training Puts Tennessee Among Top Three In US

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A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality measures the quality and effectiveness of teacher training programs in the US. 

Tennessee, Ohio, and Texas have the most top-ranked teacher training programs in the country.

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Elections 2014
8:39 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tennessee Election Officials Preparing For Third Party Candidates

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Tennessee election officials are preparing to have candidates from the Green Party and the Constitution Party on the ballot in November.

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Science
4:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

ET Researchers Developing Preventative Treatment For Chemical Gas Attacks

An August 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria left hundreds dead and thousands injured.
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 Researchers at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they’re moving closer to the development of a drug that can be taken to limit the effects of a chemical gas attack.

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Tennessee Weather
3:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Tennessee In Top Two For Tornado Death Rate In US

EF-3 tornado, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 2009
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An analysis of tornadoes over the past three decades finds that Tennessee is among the states most vulnerable to tornadoes.

The study from the federal Southeast Regional Climate Center at the University of North Carolina shows Florida and Tennessee have the most deaths for each mile that a tornado is on the ground. North Carolina, Ohio, and Alabama round out the top five.

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Dialogue
1:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Dialogue: Fragments Of Hate

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  In 1968, Charles Moulden was shot while fishing for trout in an East Tennessee stream.   There was little mystery regarding the reason for the attack-- Moulden was  black and his attackers wanted him to understand he wasn't welcome there.   Forty-six years later, he carries vivid memories of that day, as well as fragments of the bullet that brought him down.

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Education
4:30 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Oak Ridge Schools Tech Initiative Faces Critical Test

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The question of whether the city of Oak Ridge will fund a program that aims to put a digital tablet in the hands of every Oak Ridge Public Schools student is in the balance tonight when the city council casts what may be the final vote on its 2015 budget.

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Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

Law and Government
6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Study: Tennessee Third In U.S. For Government Corruption

The fifty states, as ranked by severity of corruption determined by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong.
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Tennessee ranked third in the nation for corruption of public officials, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Calculation Error Means Readjustment For Jefferson County School Budget

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A mistake in projecting tax revenues made a budget deficit in the Jefferson County school system look better than it actually is. Now that the error is being corrected, school leaders may have to make more cuts to help close the gap.

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