Kingston Coal Ash Spill
5:58 am
Fri May 31, 2013

TVA and EPA Update On Kingston Coal Ash Spill

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Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Environmental Protection Agency met with the public to give an update on cleanup efforts near the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. A December 2008 spill at the facility unleashed 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash onto the surrounding countryside and into nearby creeks and rivers. A total of 3.8 million cubic yards of ash will be stored in a 230-acre holding cell, covered with plastic and clay.

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White Nose Syndrome
4:46 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Dr. Gary McCracken On White Nose Syndrome

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Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it… 

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Lexington native Brenna Angel anchored local morning newscasts for WUKY through May 13. She joined the station in March 2010 after previously working for WHAS-AM in Louisville.

Her work has been honored by the Hearst Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Associated Press. Several of Brenna’s stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Brenna accepted a position with the Lexington Mayor's Office in May 2013.

Robert Benincasa is a computer-assisted reporting producer in NPR's Investigations Unit.

Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications for NPR.org. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking stories, including an exclusive on the independence level of nursing home residents, the safety of automated aircraft, and a government mandate to produce $1 coins that Americans don't want.

Prior to NPR, Benincasa served as the database editor for the Gannett News Service Washington Bureau for a decade. In 1995, he joined the Burlington VT Free Press as a staff writer.

Tennessee Senior Health
4:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Tennessee Seniors Among Unhealthiest In Nation

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The latest America's Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation ranked Tennessee 41st in the nation for senior health. The state has the highest rate of physical inactivity in the US; more than 350,000 residents aged 65 and older are inactive.

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Bruce Downsbrough arrested
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

UT Foundation Executive Fired Following Child Pornography Arrest

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The University of Tennessee Foundation has fired Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Bruce Downsbrough following his arrest Tuesday on child pornography charges.  A federal indictment claims Downsbrough downloaded child pornography on three separate occasions between 2008 and 2012.  In the indictment, agents also claim a raid on Downsbrough's home yielded more illegal videos and images.

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Online Education
5:55 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pilot Program To Offer More Online Courses Begins This Fall In Tennessee

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This fall, many state colleges and universities will start using a pilot program that is intended to increase the number of graduates. University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents schools are partnering with Coursera to offer more online courses. They’ll cost the same as other classes and will be available only to those enrolled in the schools. The program will last for 18 months and will then be evaluated. Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says less than 35% of adult Tennesseans have postsecondary degrees.

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Home Equity
5:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Report Shows One In Five Knoxville Homeowners Owe More Than Their Home Is Worth

A new report by the real estate web site Zillow shows about one in five Knoxville homeowners is underwater on their mortgage. The quarterly report by Zillow looks at the number of homeowners who have what’s called “negative equity”—they owe more on their homes than what they could get if they sold them. 

In Knoxville, 20 percent of the homes are underwater, but that goes as high as 36 percent in some parts of the city.  The farther west you go from the city center, the more the rate drops. For example, only about 9 percent of homeowners are underwater in Farragut.

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Core Controversy
12:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Local Pickup Of National Common Core Curriculum May Face Challenges

Credit File photo by Christine Jessel.

Georgia and Alabama are among several states that recently proposed dropping Common Core curriculum. Susan Benner, the Director and Associate Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has been following the political tussles.

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