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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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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Haslam Family Political Donations
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Analysis Of Political Giving Puts Haslams On Top In Tennessee

Credit http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/tag/one-percent-of-one-percent/

A new analysis of political contributions nationwide in 2012 shows the Haslam family as the leading political donors in Tennessee. The Sunlight Foundation has released a list of elite political donors, what it calls the “one percent of one percent”.

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Tennessee Labor Lawsuits
7:02 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ruling Allows Lawsuits Against Tennessee Labor Department To Proceed

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A judge has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit can proceed against the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Former department employee Annie Hendricks sued the state in November, claiming that her duties were given to two less-experienced black employees. It’s one of two racial discrimination lawsuits against the agency. The other was filed by Donald Ingram, former administrator of the Division of Employment Security. Both claim that during the two years that former Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency, Davis, who is black, forced white employees out.

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Domestic Partnership Benefits
6:56 am
Fri June 28, 2013

East Tennessee City Could Be First To Extend Employee Benefits To Domestic Partners

Credit http://townmapsusa.com/d/map-of-collegedale-tennessee-tn/collegedale_tn

The East Tennessee city of Collegedale is on the verge of being the first municipality in the state to grant health care benefits to all domestic partners.

Collegedale City Commission members passed the first reading of a plan to give the same benefits that married city workers receive to heterosexual and same-sex partners of city employees. Collegedale commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of including domestic partners in the city benefits plan. A second reading of the plan is expected in August.

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Tennessee Job Growth
4:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Jobs Requiring More Education Predicted In Tennessee And Nationwide

Credit http://cew.georgetown.edu/

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that getting a job is going to get tougher in the coming years. Nationwide, through the year 2020, growth is projected for high-skilled jobs, but employment in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting is expected to decline.

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US Army Restructuring At Fort Campbell
6:29 am
Wed June 26, 2013

US Army Restructuring Will Affect Fort Campbell

Credit http://www.campbell.army.mil/Pages/CampHome.aspx

The US Army announced a restructuring plan yesterday, which means cutting the number of active-duty combat brigades and decreasing the service by 80,000 soldiers. The plan will affect Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee - Kentucky border.

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Nashville Symphony Avoids Bankruptcy
6:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nashville Symphony Strikes Deal With Creditors

The Nashville Symphony has made a deal with creditors. The move will avoid the organization’s bankruptcy and prevent the sale of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The settlement eliminates a debt of more than $80 million in exchange for a lump-sum payment. The amount of that payment isn’t known, but it's given by longtime symphony donor Martha R. Ingram.

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Tennessee Unemployment
4:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

State Unemployment Child Allowance To End

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say a new change in unemployment benefits is expected to boost the state’s unemployment trust fund.         

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Kids Count Tennessee
6:36 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Tennessee Ranks Lower This Year For Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest data on the well-being of the nation’s children this morning and Tennessee’s ranking is down from last year. The state ranks 39th for overall child well-being, down three positions from last year.

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