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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US District Court Nomination
7:32 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Knoxville Lawyer Nominated for US District Court Seat

Credit Tennessee Bar Association

The first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association and longtime Knoxville lawyer Pamela L. Reeves has been nominated for a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. President Barack Obama announced the nomination yesterday. If confirmed by the Senate, Reeves would replace US District Judge Thomas W. Phillips, who is retiring this summer. Reeves graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and from UT's George C. Taylor College of Law in 1979. She was Tennessee Bar Association president from 1998 to 1999.

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East TN Environmental Lawsuit
6:46 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Two East Tennessee Mines Subject of Environmental Lawsuit

Credit Southwings

An alliance of environmental groups says the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act in granting mining permits at two East Tennessee mines. The lawsuit claims the Office of Surface Mining and the US Fish and Wildlife Service did not consult the most current scientific research in considering the impact of surface mines at Zeb Mountain and David Creek on fish. The suit claims dissolved minerals in wastewater are increasing salt in streams to unendurable levels, threatening the endangered blackside dace and Cumberland darter.

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DUI Threshold
4:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Tennessee State House Representative Will Push For Lower DUI Threshold

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This week, the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states lower the DUI threshold from point 0.08 to 0.05.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that that’s a standard for more than a hundred countries and next year, State Representative Jeremy Faison of Cosby says he’ll file legislation to lower the legal standard in Tennessee to 0.05.

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Armed Probation & Parole Officers
7:07 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Tennessee Will Soon Require Probation and Parole Officers To Be Armed

Credit Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole

The Tennessee Department of Correction will soon require the state's probation and parole officers to be armed. WATE-TV reports that there are currently 783 probation and parole officers in Tennessee and those officers will choose whether or not to undergo a two-week training to be armed. But all probation and parole officers will be armed by 2018.

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TN Women's Health
5:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Tennessee Women's Health Sees a Slight Improvement, Though Concerns Remain

The biannual Tennessee Women's Health Report Card gave the health of Tennessee women a grade of C, an improvement over a D in 2011. State health officials say there remain several areas of concern, however:  the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy, the prevalence of the sexually transmitted infections Chlamydia and Syphilis, and deaths from breast and cervical cancer in African-American women all received an F.

TVA Retirements
9:59 am
Tue May 14, 2013

TVA Negotiates Worker Retirements at its Oldest Coal-Fired Power Plants

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A settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental groups means the Tennessee Valley Authority is shuttering 18 of its oldest coal-fired power plants. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports on the resulting job cuts at those facilities… 

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Student-Athletes
9:10 am
Tue May 14, 2013

UT Administrator Fired Over Allegations of Improper Relationships with Student-Athletes

The University of Tennessee’s director of student judicial affairs has been fired after officials say she refused to cooperate with an investigation. Jenny Wright is being investigated over alleged inappropriate relationships with student-athletes. The university has hired an attorney to investigate those allegations. University officials say they won’t release any details about the accusations or about the students who may be involved.

Tornadoes
9:27 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Number of Tornadoes in Tennessee Above Average

Tornado: Sewanee, Tennessee - March, 2012
Credit http://www.picturestoryblog.com/2010/01/tornado-sewanee-tennessee-using-the-camera-you-have.html

The National Weather Service says the number of tornadoes in the US this year is way down. But WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports the numbers in Tennessee are above average for the year…

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Protesters
7:03 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Y-12 Protesters Will Stay in Jail

Credit Transform Now Plowshares

A judge has ruled that three protesters will stay in jail until their sentencing in September and that releasing them would be too lenient. Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted last week of sabotaging and damaging federal property last July at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The three face up to 30 years each for the crimes. Their sentencing is scheduled for September 23 of this year.

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Syria
12:55 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Eyes on Syria: Dr. Jabar Hassan

The current civil conflict in Syria has just entered its third year and the U.S. government is weighing a decision over whether to provide official foreign aid and support to the country. Dr. Jaber Hassan is a Syrian-American doctor living and practicing in Maryville., Tenn. He's made several trips to Syria during this conflict, providing medical care with the Syrian American Medical Society. He recently returned from Syria and spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper.

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