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Labor & Workforce
4:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Tennesseans Affected By Ending Unemployment Benefits

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About 18,000 Tennesseans will lose some unemployment benefits after the end of the year.

The extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) insurance payments will expire at the end of the year.

The final EUC payments are received during the week ending January 4, 2014.

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Holiday Travel
4:30 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Record Number Of Travelers To Hit Tennessee Roads This Christmas

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If you’re looking for one of the positive by-products of the Great Recession, consider the fact that holiday travel dropped off substantially in 2009.  That means those who did venture out on the open road found it decidedly less crowded.

Those days are gone.

AAA’s National Travel Forecast suggests a record 94.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season.  That’s a .6% increase and represents the fifth consecutive year of increases in travel volume. 

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Homelessness
4:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Annual Homeless Memorial Day This Evening In Knoxville

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An annual nationwide gathering to honor the homeless will take place in Knoxville this evening.

The 5th Annual Knoxville Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is a public gathering, honoring homeless and formerly homeless Knoxvillians who died in 2013.

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US Government Shutdown
4:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Federal Bills Could Reimburse States

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New legislation moving through the US Congress aims to repay the states for costs of reopening the national parks during October’s federal government shutdown.

The state of Tennessee, Sevier and Blount Counties, and the state of North Carolina paid the federal government $300,500 to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days during the shutdown.

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Recorded program from the 2012 Jazz for Tots, presented by the U.T. School of Music. The program includes:

Ryan Loskarn
4:30 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Former Alexander Staffer To Press Court For Leniency At Bond Hearing

Ryan Loskarn is escorted from his Washington DC home by US Postal Inspectors following his arrest on child pornography charges.
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  A week ago, Ryan Loskarn was still the Chief of Staff for Lamar Alexander, Tennessee’s Senior Senator in Washington. 

Since then, Loskarn’s been fired, replaced, arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.  U.S. Postal Service Inspectors raided Loskarn’s Washington D.C. home on Wednesday and claim he attempted to hide a portable hard drive from them, one allegedly containing “hundreds” of pornographic images of children.  They also claim he offered pornographic material for download from his computer.

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Prison Phone Services
4:37 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Families Of Tennessee Inmates Could See Lower Phone Costs

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New regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could lower the cost of phone calls between Tennessee inmates and their families.  But prison rights advocates say the regulations don’t go far enough.

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