4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Department Of Labor Offers Workers' Comp Seminars

Construction workers tie rebar cages to form the columns of the overpass.
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  Employers with questions about Tennessee’s 2013 Workers’ Compensation Reform Act will have a chance to put those questions to the state next month.  

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is coordinating seminars across the state to explain the Reform Act's impact. Presenters will also provide information on ways to better handle accidents if they happen. The Worker’s Compensation division and Tennessee OSHA will also provide information on ways to avoid workplace injuries.  

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Tennessee Lottery
7:17 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Lottery Proceeds Set Another Record

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Officials with the Tennessee lottery say proceeds for the fiscal year just ended are almost 5% higher than the previous year.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation reports proceeds of $339.7 million. That’s another yearly record for the state’s lottery, and is up from last year's $323.4 million.

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Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returns to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield.  For 2012, she was named "Newsfinder of the Year" by the Illinois Associated Press. She is not afraid to brag at parties that she has met Carl Kasell, Ira Glass, and Garrison Keillor (and has pictures to prove it). She and her husband live in Aurora.

3:59 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Schools Offer Fruit And Veggie Snacks

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Some Tennessee students will get more than a typical serving of fresh fruits and vegetables in class this year. Tennessee received $3.3  million dollars in federal funds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to schools with the most kids in free and reduced lunch programs. Students in participating schools will get fruit like kiwis or peaches or a vegetable like broccoli or peppers during the school day as a snack outside of regular meals. Schools receive $50 dollars per enrolled student to cover the price of the fresh produce; each school decides how to deliver the snacks.

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Pilot Flying J
5:57 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Pilot/Flying J Offers To Settle Price-Skimming Lawsuits

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam speaks to the media in April 2013 after federal officials raided the company's Knoxville headquarters.
Credit Christine Jessel

Officials from Pilot/Flying J announced today the Knoxville-based truck stop chain has offered to settle and consolidate several of the lawsuits filed against the company by trucking clients who claim Pilot's sales staff shorted them on promised fuel rebates.  According to documents filed in an Arkansas courtroom, the company has agreed to pay back all rebates owed with 6% interest.  This will extend to all accounts held the Pilot Flying J, not just those named in the class action lawsuit.

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Elana Gordon covers the health beat at KCUR. She was previously a production assistant for KCURâ

Power Industry & Water
4:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Power Industry Impact On Southeast US Water Supplies

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A report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzes the power industry’s impact on regional water supplies in the US.                

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Milo Miles is Fresh Air's world-music and American-roots music critic. He is a former music editor of The Boston Phoenix.

Miles is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine, and he also writes about music for The Village Voice and The New York Times.

TN Correction & Health Care
7:20 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Tennessee Legislative Committee Looking Into New Inmate Health Care Contract

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A watchdog group for the state legislature has agreed to investigate a Tennessee Department of Correction contract over inmate health care.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the state Fiscal Review Committee wants to meet with the winner of the contract, Centurion LLC.

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Jim Burress is a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College in Indiana, and a master’s in Mass Communication from Murray State University.  That's where Jim started his public radio career (WKMS-FM). 

Jim moved to Atlanta to work on his PhD, but after a year away from reporting, he realized he preferred the newsroom to the classroom.  He came to WABE in the spring of 2008, where he’s a reporter and host.

As a licensed pilot, Jim loves to fly single-engine Cessna airplanes. His interest in aviation is why you’ll likely hear him report a lot on the commercial aviation industry.   As a Kaiser Health News/NPR fellow, Jim also covers healthcare and healthcare policy for WABE.