After taking a semester off from college to intern with Vermont Public Radio in 1999, Sidsel was hooked.  She went on to work as a reporter and producer at WNYC in New York and WAMU in Washington, DC before moving to New Mexico in 2007. 
As KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel covered news from around the state having to do with protection of our earth, air and water.  She also kept up a blog, earth air waves, filled with all the bits that can’t be crammed into the local broadcast of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  When not interviewing inspiring people (or sheep), Sidsel could be found doing underdogs with her daughters at the park.

12:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennesseans May Pay Some Of The Nation’s Lowest ACA Health Insurance Rates

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  On October 1, the federal government will move forward with the next stage of the Affordable Care Act.  Throughout the country, on-line marketplaces will open up, offering detailed information on health care plans available to qualified customers.  As the date approaches, the questions are already piling up:  Will I qualify?  How will the exchanges work?  What choices will I have?  What will my plan cover?  And how much will I be expected to pay for health insurance?

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Colin Fogarty fell in love with public radio as a 19–year–old student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He launched his life in radio as a board operator at WMUB, where he spun records for "Mama Jazz." He was always a news junky, but he got hooked on reporting when he covered a 1992 campaign rally. Colin ran across the quad, stuck a microphone in then-Senator Al Gore's face and asked a question. When Gore actually answered, Colin knew he had found his calling.

Domestic Violence
3:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Releases State Domestic Violence Statistics

Credit Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the results of a two-year study on domestic violence in Tennessee. 

It examined self-reported domestic violence cases in the state between 2010 and 2012.

Overall, the T-B-I reports domestic violence decreased statewide by 3-point-four percent over the two-year study period. But the agency cautions the decrease doesn’t necessarily show a trend: Researchers say they can’t count offenses victims choose not to report, and analysts say domestic violence continues to be underreported in the state.

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TDOT Bid Projects
4:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

TDOT Announces Upcoming Bid Projects


The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin taking bids on 86 road construction projects next month. 

Most of the projects up for bid across the state would add or repair guard rails and cable barriers along interstates and state routes. TDOT also plans to bid out several bridge repairs across the state.

Recent federal data revealed several of the state’s bridges have been flagged for structural deficiencies. TDOT reports 25 of those bridges so far are either fixed or under repair. 

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Maggie Martin is host of Morning Edition at Alabama Public Radio. The popular news program airs every weekday morning starting at 5:00 AM. For over three decades, Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with news stories, interviews and commentaries. Maggie highlights the wide range of programming featured on Morning Edition, from the informative to the quirky.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Maggie started her public radio career as a reporter and weekend news anchor at WFUV based out of Fordham University in New York City. She filed daily news stories on the tri-state area and covered Hillary Clintonââ

Law Enforcement
2:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

List of Meth Convictions Lags Behind Goals


  A 2011 state law requires the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to compile and maintain a list of people who have been convicted of methamphetamine use. But a report in the Nashville Tennessean found that list is out of date, potentially reducing its effectiveness.

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Y-12 Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility
9:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Exterior Cracks In Y-12's Uranium Stockpile Facility Pose Little Concern

Highly Enriched Uranium Storage Facility at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel asked B&W Y-12 and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board about exterior cracks found during an August survey at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.

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UT Veterinary Medical Center
3:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UT Knoxville Veterinary Medical Center Opens "Crown Jewel" Facilities

Veterinary technicians prepare a horse for an MRI at the UT Veterinary Medical Center's Equine Hospital.
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Knoxville City Primary
2:57 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Voter Participation In Knoxville Primary Reaching Historically Low Levels

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

There are 90,168 eligible voters who can cast ballots in the Knoxville City Council primary, which ends with Tuesday’s election.

As Early Voting closed Thursday evening, only 713 Knoxvillians had actually done so.  That’s a turnout rate short of 1%. 

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