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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Online Education
5:55 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pilot Program To Offer More Online Courses Begins This Fall In Tennessee

Credit http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/growing-number-of-college-students-choose-online-courses-85483/

This fall, many state colleges and universities will start using a pilot program that is intended to increase the number of graduates. University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents schools are partnering with Coursera to offer more online courses. They’ll cost the same as other classes and will be available only to those enrolled in the schools. The program will last for 18 months and will then be evaluated. Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says less than 35% of adult Tennesseans have postsecondary degrees.

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TennCare Fraud Report
6:50 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Fraud Report From The TennCare Office Of Inspector General

The TennCare Office of Inspector General reports that since 2005, there have been more than 1,700 arrests for fraud against the health care system. The office began operating in 2005.  Since then, investigations have led to more than $3.5 million in restitution to the TennCare system. 

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Tennessee Department of Children's Services
4:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

DCS Commissioner Says Almost Every Case Of Child Abuse Now Connected To Drugs

Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services says almost every case the DCS now investigates is somehow connected to drugs. The agency reports that in 2012, more than 41% of DCS investigations involving child abuse also involved drugs, up nearly 60% from cases in 2008. In that same period, the agency reports an increase in the number of children taken into state custody because of parental substance abuse.

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Knox County Commission: Retirement and Sick Leave
5:44 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Knox County Commission To Weigh Paying Retiring Workers For Their Sick Leave

Credit http://www.targetcw.com/blog/seattle-paid-sick-leave/

Today, the Knox County Commission will consider a proposal to pay retiring workers for their unused sick leave. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that retiring county employees could receive a maximum of $10,000 for that unused leave time. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says the move is meant to keep those who are retiring from abusing that leave time when they leave their jobs.

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Human Trafficking in Tennessee
4:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Trafficking in America Task Force Conference Begins Today in Nashville

Credit http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map/tennessee

The Trafficking in America Task Force Conference begins May 23 in Nashville and Tennessee now has one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs to combat human trafficking. Trafficking is defined as coercive adult prostitution and any sexual exploitation of children. State legislators passed 12 new laws that will go into effect this year, which include harsher criminal penalties for traffickers, allow more time for prosecutors to bring charges against alleged traffickers and include trafficking as grounds for the termination of parental rights.

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Tennessee Fracking Regulations
6:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

General Assembly Committee Approves Tennessee's First Set of Regulations on "Fracking"

Credit http://www.isfracking.com/well-fracking-in-tennessee/

A legislative committee has approved the state’s first regulations for extracting oil and natural gas from wells, a practice known as fracking. Yesterday’s vote by the General Assembly’s joint committee on government operations means the rules will go into effect next month. One motion would have required companies to periodically test water wells within a mile of the drilling sites, to disclose all the chemicals they use, and to file plans on what to do with leftover waste water, but that motion did not pass.

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NGA Task Force
6:21 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam To Co-Chair National Task Force

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been named co-chair of a national task force. Governor Haslam, a Republican, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, will head the National Governors Association Health Care Sustainability Task Force, which will study ground-breaking Medicaid programs.

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Bonnaroo Economics
10:01 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Bonnaroo: The Festival's Economic Impact

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has released an economic study showing that the annual festival now makes more than $51 million for Middle Tennessee and the state. About 80,000 people now attend the four-day festival each June in Coffee County. The study shows that about $36 million of the total impact of the Bonnaroo festival comes from direct visitor spending.

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Author: Rick Atkinson
8:15 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Author Rick Atkinson: Writing About Military History

Credit npr.org

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Rick Atkinson just finished his Liberation Trilogy, a history of World War Two. His final book is called The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson was a longtime reporter on national defense and military issues for the Washington Post, though now he concentrates on his books. He was in Knoxville and told WUOT's Chrissy Keuper that his near-obsession with the Second World War comes from his childhood on military bases…

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Mass Extinction of Birds on Pacific Islands
7:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Mass Extinction of Pacific Island Birds: An interview with Alison Boyer

The Guam Rail
Credit guamdawr.org

Estimating the impact of humans on other species often involves a lot of guesswork, especially when considering the past. Alison Boyer is with the University of Tennessee's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Boyer and her fellow researchers have been putting together an estimate of how many species of land birds have gone extinct on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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