Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC's Changing Economy Reporter. She came to North Carolina in 2001 and has spent most of that time tracking job loss and other major changes in the state's Tobacco, Furniture, and Textile industries. In 2006, Leoneda and a team of journalists won an Alfred I.

7:35 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

2013 Off to Strong Start For Tennessee Economy

Job growth in the manufacturing sector and an improving housing market are two key signs that Tennessee's economy is picking up steam, according to a report issued by the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

The report finds the state's economy resilient in the face of lower government and consumer spending.

"By and large, it’s a good news report," the study's lead author, economist Matt Murray, said. "It’s very welcome after many, many years of painful economic outcomes for our state economy.”

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4:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Tennessee Women Far More Likely To Have COPD Than Men

A lung x-ray shows a severe case of COPD
Credit James Heilman, MD

A new data analysis by the American Lung Association shows women in Tennessee are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD.  Often related to smoking, COPD is the name given to a group of incurable lung ailments that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  The study, released today, reports the prevalence of COPD among American women is rapidly approaching the rate for men. In Tennessee, the prevalence rates aren't even clos

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As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.

A respected leader in media and a beloved figure to listeners who have followed her three-decade-long NPR career, Wertheimer provides clear-eyed analysis and thoughtful reporting on all NPR News programs.

South Knox Redevelopment
12:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

South Knoxville Riverfront Development Will Replace Baptist Hospital Campus

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero (left), Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Former Mayor and Councilman Dan Brown, Councilman Duane Grieve, Blanchard & Calhoun CEO Vic Mills, Councilwoman Brenda Palmer and Councilman Finbarr Saunders announce plans for the former South Knoxville Baptist Hospital campus, seen here in the background.
Credit Christine Jessel

It could take up to three years, but Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero’s already looking forward to the changes a mixed-use plan for South Knoxville’s former Baptist Hospital campus could bring.

“The redevelopment’s been on hold because of the downturn in the economy years ago,” Rogero says.

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Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

In her role on the Arts desk, Neary reports on an industry in transition as publishing moves into the digital age. As she covers books and publishing, she relishes the opportunity to interview many of her favorite authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McEwan.

Christian-Newsom Murders
3:33 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge extends George Thomas sentence

Credit Tennessee Department of Correction

A Knoxville judge has added time onto the sentence of one of the participants in the January 2007 kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.  On May 17, a Davidson County jury sentenced George Thomas to a life sentence with the possibility of parole for his role in the crimes, leaving the chance Thomas could be released from prison at the age of 75.  But today, Judge Walter Kurtz ordered Thomas to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders of Christian and Newsom, as well as an additional 25 years for the rape of each of the victims.   The n

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