Animal Refuge
4:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Interview: The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

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  Tennessee is home to the largest natural refuge for elephants in the US, the Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Currently, eleven Asian elephants and two African elephants, all females, live their lives in the sanctuary, with minimal human contact.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Todd Montgomery, the Sanctuary’s Education Manager. He says the sanctuary is unique among the places where once-captive elephants retire…

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Cumberland Avenue Overhaul Project
6:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Work On Cumberland Strip To Begin Soon

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The Cumberland Avenue overhaul project is about to make that all-important transition from discussion to construction.

Knoxville city officials say work on the stretch of road known locally as “the Strip” could begin by the first of June.  The Strip runs along the northern edge of the University of Tennessee campus between 16th Street and 22nd Street. 

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Federal Court
4:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Record Water Pollution Fine For Company Operating In Tennessee

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A coal supplier operating in Tennessee and four other states will pay a record fine for violating water pollution limits.

A deal filed yesterday in federal court proposes a record fine of $27.5 million to cover more than 6,200 water pollution violations.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, Incorporated, is the nation’s third largest supplier of coal, operating in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Dialogue
6:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Dialogue: The "Uneasy Alliance" Between Pakistan And The United States

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

The U.S. formally established diplomatic relations with Pakistan on October 20, 1947. The ties formed in the dying throes of the British Empire have been tested heavily over the ensuing six decades, from the Cold War to the challenges of the war on terror. The result is an uneasy alliance between the two nations, one that has been both dysfunctional and beneficial through the years.

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Ukraine
6:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Interview: Putting Ukraine In Perspective

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Following the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, Russian troops are dispersed throughout the region of Crimea, an autonomous southern region of Ukraine. As members of NATO meet, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper sits down with Curtis Bell to put the developing situation in Ukraine in perspective. Bell teaches political science at the University of Tennessee, focusing on international relations, civil war, and state failure…

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TVA
4:35 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

President’s Budget Suggests TVA Sale

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

For the second time in as many years, President Barack Obama’s budget contains a suggestion that the federal government rid itself of the Tennessee Valley Authority and its $28.8 billion debt.

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Law Enforcement
4:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tennessee Could Bypass Missouri In Meth Use

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Early estimates for 2013 predict that Tennessee will surpass Missouri in total methamphetamine lab incidents. 

Missouri has consistently led the nation in methamphetamine use. But the Tennessean newspaper reports that Tennessee could surpass Missouri, and that Indiana could take the lead.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

State Looking Into Limited Privatization Of Some State Parks

Fall Creek Falls is Tennessee's largest and most-visited state park. It and ten other parks in the system are on a list being considered for partial privatization.
Credit Tennessee State Parks system

The agency that oversees the 54 locations within the Tennessee State Parks system is exploring the possibility of turning over some functions to private corporations. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) said the research is preliminary, but word of the project is ruffling feathers within a group that represents state employees.

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LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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