Disasters
5:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Middle Tennessee Begins Recovery From Flash Floods

Ruined furniture sits piled outside of a Davidson County home in the wake of this week's flooding.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Property damage estimates in the Nashville area are being tallied, and a Red Cross shelter remains open after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Charles Shannon, with the city's Office of Emergency Management, said it’s hard to compare this week’s flooding to the historic floods of 2010. That event affected different parts of the city over a longer period of time. 

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Carrie started at KUNM as a volunteer in the front office, and soon after her arrival she became a regular substitute in the news department. Carrie is a graduate of Clemson University and a South Carolina native; however, she has fallen in love with the natural beauty and hospitality of the Southwest. In addition to her duties in the newsroom, she spends her free time hiking and skiing with her husband. Carrie's career in broadcasting is just beginning, and she hopes to pursue her passion for this field by continuing to host and report for New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio.

Knox County Government
4:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Scheduled For Sentencing Next Week

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Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III will face sentencing August 15, 2013, after pleading guilty to official misconduct, a felony.   

Duncan got a one-year probationary term as part of his plea deal. Now, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that he’s seeking a judicial diversion, meaning his record would be erased as long as he obeys the law during that one-year period.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

Gay Marriage
7:25 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In Three TN Counties

Credit brownpoliticalreview.com

 Four gay and lesbian couples approached county clerks' offices in Shelby, Davidson and Wilson Counties Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.  

Each couple was turned down, but none were surprised.  In fact, that was the idea.

The couples were taking the necessary first step toward a possible legal challenge of Tennessee's constitutional amendment that defines a legal marriage as "the relationship of one man and one woman."  In order to challenge the amendment, someone has to claim his or her rights were denied. 

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Health
5:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Initiative Seeks to Tackle Obesity Through Lifestyle Changes

Governor Bill Haslam and Rick Johnson (left) announce the Healthier Tennessee initiative in Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday, August 6.
Credit The Jackson Sun

On Wednesday, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Knoxville to talk about a new initiative to improve the health of the state’s residents. Healthier Tennessee will marshal local public health departments, school systems, healthcare providers and others to encourage Tennesseans to get more exercise and eat healthier foods. Haslam acknowledges asking people to change their lifestyles and habits on the basic level will take a while to accomplish.

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Marketplace Morning Report on WUOT

 Bringing you the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe, Marketplace Morning Report is a great way to start your day. The eight-minute modules air weekdays during NPR's Morning Edition.

StarDate on WUOT

StarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. The daily program offers a balance of astronomy and space-science topics. About half of each month's programs are related to skywatching: eclipses, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, stars and constellations, and so on.

Liz Jones is a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration and diversity issues. Her work has taken her to central Mexico, where she produced an award-winning documentary about immigration and indigenous communities.

Previously, Liz worked as an editor and writer for Oxygen Media in New York.

One of Liz’s greatest challenges is staying put. She’s lived in Spain and Peru and loves to travel. But she finds a good radio story can often satisfy the travel bug – you get to meet new people, make sense out of something unfamiliar and find creative ways to communicate.

Her work has been heard on NPR and other national programs, including The World, Latino USA and Weekend America.

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