Transportation
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Report: McGhee-Tyson Airfares Fell in 2013

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Average airfares at Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport fell more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report found the average price for a domestic round-trip flight from Knoxville fell nearly $70 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. The average ticket cost about $402 last year, representing a 28 percent drop from 2000.

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Energy
4:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The TVA’s New Coal Strategy: Culture Change Or Simple Economics?

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  For more than 30 years, Stephen Smith has been a thorn firmly planted into the side of the Tennessee Valley Authority.  The Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has never been shy about holding the giant utility accountable, especially when it comes to the TVA’s dismal record on air quality

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Energy & Environment
4:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Report On Carbon Emissions Finds Improvements In Tennessee

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A report released yesterday ranks Tennessee one of the top 25 producers of greenhouse gas emissions from carbon dioxide.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Haslam Hits Hot-Button Issues in Conference Talk

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Objecting to the death penalty is a valid view, according to Gov. Bill Haslam. But Haslam says he was bound by political will and public opinion to sign a bill that reinstates the electric chair as a backup execution method in the state.

Haslam delivered that response to a young woman who asked about the electric chair bill Tuesday at a conference organized by the American Legion Auxiliary. Volunteer Girls State is an annual event that gathers young women from around the state to learn about government and politics.

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Healthcare
4:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Boost In Medicaid Enrollment Means Growing Costs

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More than 53,700 Tennesseans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act enrolled in Medicaid (Tennessee's Medicaid program is TennCare).

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Waterborne Illnesses
11:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Threat Of Sickness Increases As East Tennesseans Return To the Water

  As East Tennesseans begin to head back into the water for the summer swimming season, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests they be aware of some of the dangers of swimming in infected lakes, streams and pools.

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John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.

Law & Labor
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Trial Date Set For Lawsuit Over Deaths At Gatlinburg Wastewater Plant

Damage from the rupture of a sewage containment tank is seen Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Gatlinburg Water Treatment Plant. (photo: Adam Brimer/Knoxville News Sentinel)
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A trial date has been set in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of Gatlinburg and four other parties.

The suit was filed by relatives of two employees at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant. John Eslinger and Don Storey were killed April 5th, 2011, when a basin wall at the plant collapsed on them.

An assessment by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Office of Engineering blamed poor construction for the wall’s failure.

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Marijuana
2:27 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Vanderbilt Survey Confirms Changing Attitudes About Pot

A study released Wednesday by Vanderbilt University's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions finds Tennesseans are becoming more open to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana, especially if it's used for medical reasons.

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Education
6:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Dissecting Tennessee's Basic Education Program

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Knox County leaders are trying to figure out how to close a $2.96-milion gap in the county school system's proposed FY 2015 budget. That gap was opened last week, when an updated state estimate drastically scaled back state funding under the Basic Education Program, or BEP. The BEP is at the center of this budget scramble, but it’s a complex thing to understand. To help out, Dr. Bill Fox, director of the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research, talked with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth on Tuesday, May 20.

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