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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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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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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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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Hate Crime
4:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Report Shows Increase In Hate Crimes-- Or Does It?

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A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report on hate crimes in Tennessee released Tuesday shows the number of victims victims rose from 297 to 348 in 2013, an increase of 17 percent from 2012. 

But a look into the statistics shows the change may not be as dramatic or disheartening as it seems. 

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Energy & Environment
4:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Think Tank Outlines Ways For Tennessee To Reduce Carbon Emissions

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A report from World Resources Institute outlines ways that Tennessee could reduce the amount of greenhouse gas it releases.

The environmental think tank, based in Washington, DC, says that reducing reliance on coal-burning power plants is one of the most effective ways to lower carbon emissions in Tennessee.

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6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Pilot President And Another Executive Gone From Company

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More than a year after a federal investigation into fraud at Pilot Flying J was made public, the company's president abruptly left, as did a second executive.

Company president Mark Hazelwood "is no longer with Pilot Flying J," according to a brief e-mail written by Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam on Monday. Haslam's message did not specify why Hazelwood was gone, nor whether he left on his own or was fired.

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Tennessee Business: Alcoa, Inc.
4:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Alcoa, Inc. Reaches Tentative Agreement With USW

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Aluminum giant Alcoa, Incorporated has reached a five-year agreement with the United Steelworkers union that should avoid the possibility of a strike. 

The agreement would cover about 6,000 USW members at Alcoa plants in eight states, including the Blount County plant in Tennessee.

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Lucy is WNPR's All Things Considered Host and Correspondent. She reports on news stories in the Connecticut region and contributes to National Public Radio.