TN: Education Acheivement Gap
4:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Tennessee Students Widens


The achievement gap between poor and affluent children in Tennessee is widening, even as the gap between minority students and their peers narrows. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports that last year, 60% of the state’s top schools served mostly poor children. This year, the number is just over 40%.

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6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Think Tank to Tennessee Education Officals: Rethink Funding Priorities

Credit Beacon Center

A report from a Nashville-based libertarian organization scrutinized education spending in Tennessee, and its authors said the state needs to shift education funding priorities.

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11:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Chattanooga Murder Case Highlights DCS Computer Deficiencies

Ty'Reke Evans died in December of 2011 after suffering from multiple bruises, swelling of the brain, needle punctures, broken ribs and lacerations to his bowels and liver.
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A Chattanooga couple appears in court today in a murder and child abuse case that exposed flaws in the $27 million computer system used by the Department of Children’s Services to track case histories. 

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Petra Mayer is an associate editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for the weekend editions of All Things Considered. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Ashley, born in Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Western Kentucky. She is a 2010 University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She also attended the University of Maryland for graduate studies in Journalism for one year. Ashley interned with Morning Edition at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2011 and was hired afterward as a temp production assistant. In March 2012, Ashley started her reporting and hosting career at WRKF. She is also a member of the Center for International Journalists 2013 International Reporting Fellowship Program.

Clay Masters is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and formerly for Harvest Public Media. His stories have appeared on NPR

10:44 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Inspector General’s Report Clears TVA Chair of Conflict-Of-Interest Charges


  A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Office of the Inspector General has cleared TVA Board Chairman William Sansom of several allegations that his financial interests violate conflict-of-interest laws and policies.  The report also found a nepotism charge levied against Sansom was simply a case of mistaken identity.

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Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

TN: Human Trafficking
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tennessee Among Top States For Laws Against Human Trafficking


The 4th annual report from the non-profit Polaris Project puts Tennessee among 32 Tier 1 states: those that have passed the most legislation to counter sex and labor trafficking.

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Diane Orson is a reporter and producer for WNPR and a contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories are heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. She began at WBUR in Boston and came to Connecticut in 1988.