TN Social Studies Textbooks
4:30 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tennessee Education Officials Want Public Input


Tennessee education officials are asking for public input on the state’s new K -12 social studies textbooks.                 

The new textbooks are proposed for the state’s public grade schools during the 2014-15 school year. Public comments must be in by September 11th in order for the publisher to consider them.

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TN Adult and Dislocated Worker Program
4:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Labor Program Releases Yearly Numbers


The Tennessee Department of Labor has just released its yearly numbers from the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program.                                  

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Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

Charles Mahtesian is Politics Editor for Digital News.

Prior to coming to NPR, Mahtesian spent five years as Politico's national politics editor, where he directed its political and campaign coverage and authored a blog on the American political landscape.

He joined Politico after five years as the editor of the National Journal's Almanac of American Politics, the biennial book often referred to as "the bible of American politics."

Before that, he spent eight years as a national correspondent for Governing magazine, where he covered state legislatures, governors and urban politics.

Ben de la Cruz is an award-winning documentary video producer and multimedia journalist. He joined NPR as the multimedia editor for the Science Desk in June 2012. In this role, he serves as the visual architect for NPR's coverage of health, science, environment, energy, food and agriculture.

De la Cruz began his career as a multimedia journalist at in January 2000. During his 12-year career there, he helped create the newspaper industry's groundbreaking multimedia site, Camera Works. Along the way, he managed the dozen-person multimedia and documentary video departments, overseeing feature and news reporting.

TN Stand Your Ground Law
7:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Call For Review Of State's "Stand Your Ground" Law

TN State Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators / George Walker IV / File / The Tennessean
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TN Special Education Focus
6:32 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Education Commissioner To Focus On Special Education

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman / Photo by George Walker IV / The Tennessean
Credit George Walker IV, Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told the Tennessean newspaper yesterday that he’s going ahead with his plans to have the fastest-improving schools in the nation by 2015 and his next focus is special education.

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Zoe Chace explains the mysteries of the global economy for NPR's Planet Money. As a reporter for the team, Chace knows how to find compelling stories in unlikely places, including a lollipop factory in Ohio struggling to stay open, a pasta plant in Italy where everyone calls in sick, and a recording studio in New York mixing Rihanna's next hit.

In 2008, Chace came to NPR to work as an intern on Weekend Edition Saturday. As a production assistant on NPR's Arts Desk, she developed a beat covering popular music and co-created Pop Off, a regular feature about hit songs for Morning Edition. Chace shocked the music industry when she convinced the famously reclusive Lauryn Hill to sit down for an interview.

Scott DesJarlais
4:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

DesJarlais' GOP Challengers Leading Money Race

Last November, Tennessee's Fourth District Congressman Scott Desjarlais coasted to a 12-point victory over Democratic challenger Eric Stewart in Desjarlais' first re-election campaign.  That's despite revelations that the pro-life physician had participated in sexual relations with some of his patients and had encouraged one to get an abortion. 

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