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Pilot Flying J
12:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Pilot-Flying J Gas Stations Target of Federal Investigation

This week the FBI and IRS raided the headquarters of one of the country's largest private employers: Pilot Flying J. The chain operates more than 600 gas stations and convenience stores in 43 states. It's owned by billionaire Jimmy Haslam. Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns and his brother is Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, who owns shares in the company.  The company is accused of skimming money it promised to commercial customers through fuel rebates. WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth filed this report for NPR's All Things Considered.

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Pilot Flying J
6:35 am
Fri April 19, 2013

FBI Releases Pilot/Flying J Affidavit

 

An affidavit alleges top-level officials within the Pilot/Flying J Corporation knew about a long-running scheme to defraud money from some commercial customers.  According to the affidavit, Pilot has for years been skimming money from customer rebates, lowering the rebate rate without telling the customer, then paying the customer less than they were owed.  WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth stayed up late reading the affidavit and spoke with Morning Edition's Chrissy Keuper. 

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tennessee unemployment rate rises slightly

Credit Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate in March rose slightly from 7.8% to 7.9%.   Despite the increase, LWD says this is the lowest March rate on record since 2008.  It's still a few tenths of a point higher than the national rate, which was announced at 7.6%.   

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Politics
1:55 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tennessee General Assembly Approves Governor's Budget

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Tennessee State House approved Governor Bill Haslam’s $32.8 billion budget with a few minor changes by an 83-14 margin Wednesday.  Thursday morning, the Senate unanimously agreed to the changes and the budget proposal is now headed to Haslam's desk for his signature.   The budget sets aside more than $100 million for a 1 1/2 % pay-raise and other pay adjustments for state employees and $46 million for state employee health insurance.  The budget allocates $350 million for increased enrollment in TennCare under the new federal health care law.  In Education, $127 million of the new budge

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Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy.

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