Chrissy Keuper

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Chrissy was born in Johnson City, Tenn. She attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a history major, and finished a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Chrissy has a varied resume: she has taught ballet and jazz, and has worked as a woodworker, a barista, a pastry chef, a customer service rep, a waitress and an art model...but she says her job at WUOT has been her favorite. She came to WUOT as a student announcer and became a member of WUOT’s News Department and the local host of Morning Edition in 2004.

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

Tennessee Legislative Committee Looking Into New Inmate Health Care Contract

Credit http://whyy.org/cms/news/government-politics/2009/11/18/delaware-looks-to-improve-prison-health-care/23440

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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New State Handgun Law
4:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

New State Gun Law May See More Changes

Credit www.capitol.tn.gov

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey now says that a new state handgun law may need to be clarified. The new law allows handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work.

In May, State Attorney General Robert Cooper delivered an opinion saying that the new law would not impact any Tennessee employer’s ability to fire workers.

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Antiques Roadshow
7:07 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Antiques Roadshow Filming In Knoxville

Credit http://esecaucus.com/2012/06/secaucus-antiques-roadshow-tonight/

This weekend, one of the most popular shows on public television will be taping episodes in Knoxville. Between five and six thousand people will bring their valuables and heirlooms to the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday to be appraised for Antiques Roadshow. Those episodes will air on East Tennessee PBS sometime next year.

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Tennessee Dropout Rate & Health
7:54 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Report Links High School Dropout Rate and Potential TennCare Savings

Credit http://www.all4ed.org/

A new report says that cutting the number of high school dropouts in Tennessee would lead to the state saving money on TennCare. The Alliance for Excellent Education says that cutting the number in half would mean an annual savings of $127 million in Tennessee's Medicaid program.

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Governor Haslam On Medicaid
4:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New Federal Rules Could Influence Decision Over Expanding Tennessee Medicaid

Credit http://www.tn.gov/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has said his decision on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program will come before the end of the summer... and now new federal rules could influence that decision.

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Gates Grant
6:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Knox County Schools Gets Gates Foundation Grant

Credit http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

Knox County Schools is one of four school districts in the US to receive a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says the district will get a $1.2 million Smart Spending grant:  $850,000 from the foundation and the rest from a local match.

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TDEC Demotion
7:36 am
Wed July 3, 2013

TDEC Official Demoted For Comments

Credit http://www.state.tn.us/environment/

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say they’ve demoted the deputy director of the agency’s Division of Water Resources. Sherwin Smith was demoted after telling some Mount Pleasant residents that their complaints about water quality could be considered terrorism. Smith is now in his former post with the Revolving Fund Program, which helps fund state water projects with low-interest loans.

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Duncan Diversion
6:44 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Duncan Eligible For Diversion

John J. Duncan III
Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2012/sep/04/257568/

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III is eligible for diversion, despite a state law.

Duncan pleaded guilty July 2nd to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned from office. He was sentenced to one year of probation for giving more than $20,000 in bonuses to himself and other workers that he supervised. The bonuses were given for public administration coursework that was never finished.

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Unemployment Benefits
5:55 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tennessee Labor Department Postpones Cuts To Jobless Benefits Until December 31st

Credit http://www.businesspundit.com/obama-extends-unemployment-benefits/

The state is putting off a cut in payments for those collecting unemployment benefits until the end of the calendar year 2013.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had planned to eliminate allowances of up to $50 a week for dependents of the unemployed after the move was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year. 

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New Workers' Compensation Division
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Head For Tennessee's New Workers' Compensation Division

Abbie Hudgens / Head of Workers' Compensation Division, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Credit http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/teamnews/sept2011/Appointments.html

The head of Tennessee’s brand new Workers' Compensation Division began her six-year term today.

Governor Bill Haslam named Abbie Hudgens to lead the new division, which was created as a part of a new law. That law also removes injured workers claims from state trial courts and creates a special panel to hear those claims and appeals. The panel is appointed by the governor.

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